Craft versus Theory

It was poetry theory yesterday at uni which was very interesting but I do find it quite heavy at times. However, I loved it when we looked at what the poems mean. We looked at T S Eliot, Gertrude Stein and Hilda Doolittle (HD). What do you think of the above poets, are they to your taste? T S Eliot’s writing is something that doesn’t seem to go out of date, loved Gertrude Stein, only just getting to know her work and HD – well I think my writing style could be very similar to hers.
How about you? What do you prefer – Theory or Craft. Who is your favourite contemporary poet?

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