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Remembering P.J. Kavanagh

Christopher Howse pays tribute to the poet, soldier, actor and former Spectator columnist and poetry editor, who has died, aged 84

19 September 2015

9:00 AM

19 September 2015

9:00 AM

‘Elms at the end of twilight are very interesting,’ wrote Gerard Manley Hopkins in his journal: ‘Against the sky they make crisp scattered pinches of soot.’ P.J. Kavanagh, who has died aged 84, plucked out this observation for one of the columns that he wrote for The Spectator between 1983 and 1996.

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