T S Eliot is 'Nation's Favourite Poet'

<p>T S Eliot has beaten 30 other poets including poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Donne to Nation&#39;s Favourite Poet in a poll launched as part of BBC Poetry Season. </p><p>The results were announced as part of National Poetry Day today (8th October). More than 18,000 people voted.</p><p>The entirely male top 10 in order comprises: T S Eliot, John Donne, Benjamin Zephaniah, Wilfred Owen, Philip Larkin, William Blake, William Butler Yeats, John Betjeman, John Keats and Dylan Thomas.</p><p>Alan Yentob, creative director of the BBC said: &quot;I&#39;m delighted that T S Eliot has topped the poll for the Nation&#39;s Favourite Poet. I have been an admirer of Eliot&#39;s poetry since I was a child. . . It&#39;s been rewarding and exhilarating for all of us at the BBC to be able to share a love of poetry with such a wide audience. . . </p><p>&quot;While the results demonstrate a growing interest in contemporary poetry, it&#39;s good to see that the classic texts still hold a strong place in people&#39;s affections.&quot; </p><p>Two documentaries on <em>The Wasteland </em>poet and Faber publisher will be broadcast this evening; an &quot;Arena&quot; special on BBC4 and &quot;My Life in Verse&quot; with comedian Robert Webb on BBC2. </p>