Why are copyright terms for individual authors based not on the publication date of their work, but on the death of the author? Maybe the framers of the law had Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton in mind:
He died from a love of poetry
This Guardian article by Marc Abrahams shows how poets tend to die sooner than other writers.
"The numbers tell the story. A poet's life, on average, is about a year shorter than that of a playwright, four years shorter than a novelist's life, and five-and-six-tenths years less than that of a non-fiction specialist."
Thanks to George at Bookninja for this.