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The parents

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5386

Poets & Parents

Poets are like parents: both are obsessive and possessive. Parents lose sleep worrying about their progeny, while poets lose sleep worrying about their poetry. With reams of ingenuity and dreams of perpetuity, poets and parents preserve the present in order to pacify the past and nurture the future. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 September 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA