It did not surprise me. Poetry is taken seriously in Wales. Poets in the pub in the village of Llanystumdwy, where I was staying, sparred and fought in defence of their art long after lock-in time, while bemused visitors could only marvel at the passion created by the verse.
Perhaps James Fenton should take up the challenge - such a battle of the giants would forever dispel the myth that the writing and performance of poetry is a genteel pursuit.
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