In brief 2

June 21, 2002

The illustration of a naked woman set against fragments of a poem ("Make poetry a friend not a foe", THES , June 7) reflected the tired, cliched attitude to poetry that Ruth Padel was arguing against.

The simplistic implication is that poetry equals love poetry and that poet equals male poet writing about woman. As a woman poet, I find this particularly dated.

Elizabeth Burns
Lancaster

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