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Modern poetry is prose broken up

Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00

Madam -- Your issue, (Sunday Independent, February 19, 2012), contains two contrasting poems. One by Prof Kevin Kiely (News section) entitled, Without Title and in the Living section, Anthony Cronin selects Over the Sea to Skye by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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While not wishing to enter the Kiely v Michael D Higgins controversy, and not being a literary expert, I do have an opinion on such matters. I have a copy of Michael D's slim volume The Betrayal and the poems are in the style of Kevin Kiely, judging only by the Without Title sample.

WB Yeats, in his time, gave good advice to aspiring poets when he wrote: Irish poets learn your trade, / Sing whatever is well made, / Scorn the sort now growing up / All out of shape from toe to top.

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