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Unexpected Delights

Just one stanza for you in this post, but what a stanza.  I have been reading poetry written in the reign of Henry VII and the first decades of the reign of Henry VIII.  This is the period of literature filled with what C S Lewis in English Literature in the Sixteenth Century called ‘bad poets’.  Lewis’s verdict is damning: “This is the real midwinter of our poetry; all smudge, blur, and scribble without a firm line or a clear colour anywhere.”

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