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Oxford poet 'dragged into the mire'

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The first woman to become the Oxford Professor of Poetry, Ruth Padel, has resigned following questions over her role in an alleged smear campaign against a rival.

Poet Michael Horovitz discusses on the Today programme what happens when poetry and politics mix.

Following the interview, Mr Horovitz read a particularly pertinent passage from his book of poetry A New Waste Land, Timeship Earth at Nillenium.

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