The Poets have been strangely silent about cheese!

‘The Poets have been Mysteriously Silent about Cheese’ GK Chesterton

well, as its Brisish Cheese Week (really!) here’s a little response to GKC:

Poets have been silent about cheese

Because whilst every  subject is the message.

Cheese is the very medium of their work.

We drink in language with our mothers milk

But poets curdle words until they bite,

With substance and a flavour of their own:

So Donne is sharp and Geoffrey Hill is sour

Larkin ascerbic, Tennyson has power

(But only late at night, taken with port)

I like them all and sample every sort

from Creamy keats with his mossed cottage trees

tasting the words themselves like cottage cheese

To Eliot, difficult, in cold collations

Crumbling and stuffed with other folk’s quotations..


Filed under literature, Poems, Uncategorized

4 responses to “The Poets have been strangely silent about cheese!

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  2. Karen Looby

    I like this very much as I am lover of both poetry and cheese!

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks Karen, glad you liked this one. the GK Chesterton Essay I’m responding to is called Stilton, and is well worth reading!

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