Quotation by Joseph Brodsky

Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not as a guide through the world, then as a yardstick for the language.
Joseph Brodsky (b. 1940), Russian–born U.S. poet, critic. (Essay written 1983). "To Please a Shadow," sct. 5, Less Than One: Selected Essays (1986).

Brodsky recommended W.H. Auden as qualified on both counts.
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