Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Good Novelist, Rotten Poet

steepholm  is drawing up a list of good novelists who also wrote good poems. It's surprisingly long.

One might also draw up a list of good novelists who wrote- and published- rubbish poems- but it would be a thankless task- because who has the energy or patience to wade through volumes of dead-alive verse to make sure it's really as awful as one suspects?

Has anyone here read any of George Eliot's verse? There's a lot of it.

James Joyce wrote lyrics. They're horrible. Twee, post-pre-Raphaelite noodlings. I've wondered if he was taking the piss, but apparently not.

Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a lot of poems. I've dipped, read a stanza or two,  promptly forgotten all about them.

Ford Madox Ford rated himself as a poet. I've a suspicion that might be worth following up. I've seen him in anthologies...
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