A Letter from Shirley Hazzard
Dear Mrs. Doyle,
I've just returned from a two months stay abroad, and find your letter of 16 Oct. Thank you for your generous words, and please forgive such a delayed response. It's very difficult to answer your question in any way which would seem true to me. I don't know why one child in this case myself - should, with no particular context for doing so, turn to poetry in earliest consciousness: and another not. However, poetry has been more than 'an influence' to me. it has been an indivisible current of my life and has demonstrably (to me) affected choices and decisions, aside from its associations with my writing.
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