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Poet praises President's unique verse

Published 12/02/2012 | 05:00

IRELAND'S 'unofficial' poet laureate, Paul Durcan, has leapt to the defence of President and fellow poet Michael D Higgins.

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"He has an absolute commitment to the spirit of poetry, which is inseperable from his worldly outlook, and his political outlook, with its origins in a vision of radical socialism and the dignity of the human spirit.

"Many of us, as poets, have been trying for 45 years to achieve this quality, but he has had it from the start," said Durcan yesterday in the wake of critic Professor Kevin Kiely calling the President's recent volume of verses "a crime against literature".

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