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  •  Bloom's good: he isn't always right, but he always (4+ / 0-)

    makes you think. He's full of energy and originality, and love of books.

    Yup, Chaucer was rather canny, too.

    "the most intelligent poet to write in English"?

    Certainly possible (I don't know his work well enough to have an inkling), but how to measure it? Coleridge was up there, but the opium sure didn't help. Not sure of Keats' IQ, but marvelous clear perception. Milton and Blake, building their epic systems.

    There are so very many facets to the gem that I deem intelligence. I like Shakespeare for his balance, and for mastery in half a dozen directions.

    Good question.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:58:19 PM PDT

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