Letter: In Brief

Sir: Now that readers have had a go at patronising and condescending to Jenny Lewis (letters, 19 September), may I say that I think her witty and exhilarating poem incomparably superior to the threadbare stick that Roger McGough shrank it into? Immature poets borrow, said Eliot, mature poets steal. But steal, don't just desiccate, and only steal if you can make it new.

ANDOR GOMME

Stoke-on-Trent,

Staffordshire

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