Larry King

Donald Trump has roused the poets to stinging verse

Donald Trump has roused the poets to stinging verse

Hercules inspired poems. Ajax too. Walt Whitman celebrated himself, Shakespeare compared thee to a summer’s day, and T.S. Eliot knew that April was the cruelest month. But poets in our discomfiting age are riffing on President-elect Donald Trump, a man whose tax breaks and Twitter feeds contain multitudes.

Some bards have used Trump’s own words — their staccato blend of repetition and emphasis —  to capture his singular essence and rhythms. Others have written odes of glee, rage, satire and bewilderment. They vary in talent and breadth and have titles like “Trumpety Trump,” “Trump’s...

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