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Poetry commando

Poetry is everywhere, from the outpouring of doggerel verse for Princess Diana to pop song lyrics. Yet most people think it is not for them. William Sieghart wants to change that

By William Sieghart   October 1997

Earlier this year, EMI signed up the young poet Murray Lachlan Young for around ?1m to record a series of albums of his poetry. At the same time, royal divorce solicitors Mishcon de Reya announced that they would be appointing a poet in residence for the more realistic sum of ?10,000 per year. The Arts Council, too, is investing in poetry. It has begun a ?450,000 lottery-funded scheme to place poets in residence in many of the new “millennium parks”-and even at London Zoo.

There was a time when the only mention of poetry in the press was yet another…

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