Poet Moustaches

November 11, 2009

A friend called Al popped into the library yesterday sporting a moustache in progress. He revealed he is participating in Movember (the month formerly known as November), a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer.

So this morning I am pondering the moustaches of poets, past and present. Lizzie has been the usual tower of strength in this matter, listing Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Masefield, Rudyard Kipling and Hugh MacDiarmid. We have mentioned here poets ranked by their beard weight before, and we have touched briefly upon moustaches in interview with that owner of a marvellously hirsuted upper lip, Tim Turnbull. But what other poets have moustaches? And why has the moustache slipped from fashion (outwith Movember, of course)?