It included a notion he had expressed to other friends.
He said that he had failed at being a poet because he was not to become as good as John Keats.
MFAs have become a college cash cow, and a cash cow for the graduated MFAs who run the workshops in further MFA programs.
For many students these programs are a literary summer camp.
Do graduates of MFA programs read as far back as John Ashbery?
Once I read a contemporary poet remarking that when he went to college one professor was a Pound man.
There have been such essays at least since Edmund Wilson’s in the 1930s.
Maybe in the 19th century all middle-class families kept a volume of Longfellow—but they didn't read Whitman or Donne. Now a well-known poet may be published in a printing of 10,000 copies.
As such, the formation of the typography informs the conceit of the poem, and vise-versa, the conceit further builds or improves upon the image that the typography creates.
The Altar, for example, is in the shape of an altar.