New Poet Laureate chosen

Published: 16 July 1913

Robert Bridges has been unveiled as the new Poet Laureate. Bridges' career was a physician, and most of his published work has emerged since his retirement. The Irish Times has noted that Rudyard Kipling would have been a far better and more popular choice, but that he did not have the necessary political support. In appointing Robert Bridges, Asquith, the Times argues, has chosen someone whose ‘work is not, and never will be popular. Probably not one in a hundred of the people who pay the taxes from which his salary is drawn has even heard his name, much less read his verse’. He is popular among his literary colleagues and would be best considered as a poet’s poet.

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