John Wain, who lives in Oxford, England, is a novelist, poet, critic, biographer, and dramatist. 
Jun 01 1983
A View of Contemporary English Poetry
When the modern world first became definitively “modern” — that is, in the 1920s — people who saw themselves as apparatchiki of this modernity (I.A. Richards, say) used to speculate on whether poetry had a future, usually with the implication that the question was an open one.