David Evans’ letter on poetry commissioned for the Queen’s silver jubilee (11 February) was amusing and instructive. Larkin’s serious submission was obsequious and trite, confirmation that the commissioned royal poem is always the very, very bad poem. Larkin’s Hughes pastiche on the other hand was earthy and hilarious. Perhaps only satire can provide a true artistic response to royal pomp. Simon Armitage please take note.
Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire
• In view of the government’s instruction to schools not to show political bias (Report, 18 February), when the £12m Queen’s platinum jubilee book is sent to all schools, will teachers be required to circulate anti-monarchist leaflets to compensate?
• Franz Liszt’s first public piano recitals in the 1830s were real gamechangers, both musically and culturally (Letters, 17 February). Before Liszt, concerts were by and large private affairs in aristocrats’ homes. It was Liszt and Paganini who first reduced a public audience to screaming and swooning.
• Surely subpostmasters should be recompensed by those who received huge bonuses during the time the flawed Horizon computer system was running (Report, 17 February).
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