5 JUNE 1982, Page 22

Robert Graves

When Robert Graves got involved with a wildly unsuitable woman his problems were not solved —

though he, later, did get married to a much more suitable woman. But he was considerably harried by an arrogant arid virago a madly unsuitable woman. If he'd sailed off in an Argo like Jason, and left them all screaming (each clearly unsuitable woman), it might have been better — but dreaming

of Goddesses (White) and of Muses (the younger unsuitable woman) is what the male masochist chooses!

0 Governesses and 0 Nurses!

From the strains of Unsuitable Woman came the excellence of his verses!

Gavin Ewart