Some eleven plus questions seem to have a range of different answers. It must be one of life’s sweet moments to be able to find an answer that is not in the answer book!
The poem, called by some `A Reply’, may have been written by Coleridge or even by Pope. Either or both of them may have been the author. A Mr Matthew Prior apparently also wrote the verse.
`Sir, I admit your general rule
That every poet is a fool;
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.’
He also went on to maintain:
`From ignorance our comfort flows.
The only wretched are the wise.’
In a quiet and reflective moment at the traffic lights you could ask your child to read the two quotes, analyse them, reflect on them and then explain the overt and the covert meanings.
The exercise may prove to be the subject of a lively and informative debate.