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Oxford poet 'dragged into the mire'


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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