This post follows-on from the post below.
...I then made a random list of living contemporary poets. That is, poets writing in English, or being translated into English, who were still alive, if not actually kicking, in 1995 when the BBC's The Bookworm poll was conducted.
X J Kennedy
C H Sisson
Aidan Carl Mathews
The above 40 poets are, as stated, selected at random. There is no pecking-order here. I could equally have compiled a list containing 40 other names. The nation's favorite poems are written by the poets in the graveyard list below and not by, for example, the poets in my list above. Again the question arises. Why? Why is there nothing by Simon Armitage, Viknam Seth, Craig Raine & co. in the BBC's list? Why is the great British public so addicted to poetry from the grave. Is it a matter of education? Is it a copyright problem? What, for heaven's sake, is the problem I have to ask again!