An interviewer once asked WH Auden, as interviewers will, if he thought his reading influenced his ‘decision’ to be a poet. Auden replied that as a child the only poetry he read “were certain books of sick jokes”, like Belloc’s Cautionary Tales and Harry Graham’s Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes. His favourite from the latter was, Into the drinking well/ The plumber built her/Aunt Maria fell;/We must buy a filter. [...]
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