I am reading and
enjoying a whole range of 20th century and earlier poetry as a very pleasurable part
of my research for my new novel: Lifespan - A World for Alice. I am perpetually
surprised, even stunned, by the prescience of poets who hold the future, the
present and the past in their synoptic gaze. Great examples of this are the witty, ironic, Roman poet Ovid, the inimitable, deceptively down to earth, Ted Hughes, and the all-seeing WH Auden.
from Cattivo Tempowritten
in 1949 by WH Auden