Acclaimed in his day and our own as a great novelist, Charles Dickens celebrates his bicentenary on February 7 2012. What is less talked about is his debt to poets - and his influence on poets to come.
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Leonard Cohen has been called 'the poet laureate of gloom'. He did in fact begin his career, not as a musician, but as a poet in Montreal. What was his verse like? And why did he decide to focus on music instead?