Letter: Happy poems, please

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Sir: One of your correspondents recently suggested that the daily poem should have more rhyme; another suggested that it should not descend to doggerel. I agree with both of them. May I make a third suggestion - that the daily poem, from time to time, should be more cheerful?

The policy of publishing a daily poem is an admirable one, but hitherto most of the poems seem to have been of a depressing nature, the poets preoccupied with death, destruction, degradation and despair. Perhaps the poems reflect the zeitgeist. But perhaps there are a few poets who celebrate the pleasures of life, or who mock its follies with grace and wit. Assuming that they exist, please seek out their works, and publish them occasionally to alleviate the general gloom.

Yours faithfully,


London, NW1

25 June