Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Relevance and Accessibility

Sir Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016), Oxford Professor of Poetry, once said:

"The craft of poetry is not a spillage but an ingathering; relevance and accessibility strike me as words of very slight value... Accessibility is a perfectly good word if the matter under discussion concerns supermarket aisles, library stacks or public lavatories, but it has no proper place in the discussion of poetry."

(Quoted in Oxford Today, Trinity Term 2017 - Volume 29 No 2,  p63)

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