Thursday, 30 May 2013


"I constantly meet emerging poets who are afraid of using an adverb let alone making an assertion in a poem, in case they find themselves unpublishable. I read an article in Writer’s Forum the other day that told poets to avoid adjectives. Such nonsensical ‘rules’ deaden poetry—it's fine to make students ask themselves whether they use too many adjectives, but obedience to a narrow list of dos and don’ts is quite another thing, and is leading to polite, dull verse."
Claire Pollard explains the "self-censorship" that afflicts contemporary poetry.

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