Larkin on Spenser
As recalled in this week's TLS: as an undergrad, Kingsely Amis found the following note by Larkin, tucked in the last page of the college library copy of Spenser ...
"First I thought Troilus and Criseyde was the most boring poem in English.
Then I thought Beowulf was. Then I thought Paradise Lost was.
Now I know that the Fairie Queene is the dullest thing out. Blast it."