Saturday, June 6, 2009

Peter McDonald's plea for the Oxford Professor of Poetry

In an article published in this week's TLS, Peter McDonald suggests:  

" is worth thinking of the Oxford Chair as a position of responsibility: and above all as Oxford's particular responsibility to literature and the future.  Recent events have made it essential for the University to prove that it is equal to its responsibilities, and not at the mercy of every contemporary wind that blows."

He argues that Geoffrey Hill would be well suited to the position.

Peter McDonald, "The Oxford Poetry Professor controversy - a suggestion," Times Literary Supplement (June 3, 2009).
About the controversy over the elections for the Oxford Professor of Poetry, held in May (May 26, 2009).