James Fenton Quote: “Some people think that English poetry…”

Some people think that English poetry begins with the Anglo-Saxons. I don’t, because I can’t accept that there is any continuity between the traditions of Anglo-Saxon poetry and those established in English poetry by the time of, say, Shakespeare. And anyway, Anglo-Saxon is a different language, which has to be learned.

James Fenton


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Name: James Fenton
Profession: Poet
Nationality: British
Birthday: April 25, 1949
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