Long words

I’ve been perusing Frances Leviston’s blog, Verse Palace, thanks to the Poets on Fire who first alerted me to it.  It’s a very fine thing, full of interesting essays on writing and reading poetry.

The one I’ve enjoyed most so far is Matthew Sperling ‘s on using long and imported words.  Being a fan of the strange words that are the residue of English’s ancestor languages, I think he asks some interesting questions about the contemporary poet’s attitude to them.

Doesn’t give any answers, though.  But at least now I know that the plural of metropolis, strictly speaking, is metropoleis.


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