The words Quentin and Letts strike terror equally into the hearts of Parliamentary performers and members of the theatrical community. In his reviews of political performances and sketches of West End productions, this keen observer of those foolish enough to push themselves centre stage never misses a thing. Regular readers of his jottings will be familiar with his crisp and critical style, which is often the journalistic equivalent of a Dam Busters Raid dropping the bomb precisely on the intended target. Letts, however, is also capable of a more sustained raid, with equally devastating results.
This week’s poem was published in Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience in 1794 and is among his most lauded and quoted works.