What the Dickens?

Some interesting tidbits from Philip Hensher: Lilly Allen leaving the Orange Broadband Prize judging panel, the Queen's English Society comes up with a (ridiculous) definition of poetry,
and wondering whether Dickens would have protested the Olympic torch relay.

From The Independent:

Something calling itself the Queen's English Society has decided to issue a demand for a binding definition of poetry. Fed up with modern poetry, its members have called upon poets to abide by the constraints of rhyme and metre.

"If it doesn't have rhyme or metre," said the QES president, Bernard Lamb, "it is not poetry, it is just prose." Bernard, who is about 120 years late shutting this particular stable door, is a lecturer in genetics.

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