The most immediate reason why poets, like anyone else, may be interested in money certainly includes their being short of it. This chapter brings together poems that are about problems related first to not having money, and needing to request support from more powerful and wealthy persons, then to means-testing when confronted by someone begging, and how such encounters relate to a poet’s own need for financial support, to problems with charitable giving and distance, leading to a discussion of two poems questioning the value of saving and bequeathing nothing but money. The chapter includes discussions of money-related poems or passages from longer works by Chaucer, Jonson, Johnson, Wordsworth, Graves, Loy, Bishop, Brooks, and Larkin.
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