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We could do with less "artificial intelligence" and more poetry

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Nearly a century ago, one of the great literary debates involved two American-born poets, Robert Frost and TS Eliot, whose proponents vied for primacy.

Douglas Rooks

Both have been hailed as innovators who have abandoned existing practices – Frost with his chapter-long retellings in “North of Boston”, Eliot for his hugely eclectic “The Waste Land”.

Over long careers – both of whom died in the 1960s – Frost became “America’s bard”, while Eliot was at the forefront of literary modernism. As often happens, both statements are oversimplified.

Frost traveled to England to secure his reputation, then returned triumphantly to New England, where he spent the rest of his life. Eliot made a similar trip from his native St. Louis to Harvard to London, then stayed in England for the rest of his life.

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