Not that I want to sound like I doth protest too much (I don’t really get a feeling of declining interest in poetry, and even if there is a decline in interest in what some people perceive as ‘poetry proper’ the thought and the energy of people previously classified as capital P Poets will have moved, interestingly elsewhere.) but here’s a quote I quite liked from everyone’s favourite Santa Claus look-a-like, Geoffrey Hill.
Does it matter if poetry is unpopular?
Not at all: I cannot understand the contemporary clamour which insists that unless poetry is popular it is somehow failing. Poetry will survive however few its readers.