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of voice from growing monotonous. From what you say, I think perhaps you are actually trying too hard–or reading too much about poetry and not enough poetry. Prosody–metrics–etc. are fascinating–but they all come afterwards, obviously. And I always ask my writing classes NOT to read criticism. Read a lot of poetry–all the time–and not 20th-century poetry. Read Campion, Herbert, Pope, Tennyson, Coleridge–anything at all almost that’s any good, from the past–until you find out what you really like, by yourself. Even if you try to initiate it exactly–it will come out quite different. Then the great poets of our own century–Marianne Moore, Auden, Wallace Stevens–and not just 2 or 3 poems each, in anthologies–read ALL of somebody. Then read his or her life,

and letters, and so on. (And by all means read Keats’s Letters.) Then see what happens. That’s really all I can say. It can’t be done, apparently, by willpower and study alone–or by being “with it”–but I really don’t know how poetry gets to be written. There is a mystery & a surprise, and after that a great deal of hard work…