G.K. Chesterton on William Blake and Mysticism

I’m reading G.K. Chesteron’s biography of William Blake, and it’s a real treat, full of Chesterton’s unique insights and witticisms. The following quote provides a fresh angle on three of the poets we’ve discussed so far in the Culture Club: Blake, Shakespeare and Yeats. Chesterton is commenting on the fact that William Blake’s father, James… Continue reading G.K. Chesterton on William Blake and Mysticism

Nature and Spirituality in William Wordsworth’s Poetry

Jonathan Wordsworth (a descendant of William Wordsworth), in his introduction to the Penguin edition of the four texts of the Prelude by William Wordsworth, makes interesting notes on the evolution of the poet’s view of nature and spirituality. He traces these thoughts from Tintern Abbey, where Wordsworth talks of a pantheistic divine presence – ‘the… Continue reading Nature and Spirituality in William Wordsworth’s Poetry

Cambridge Forum Radio: Christopher Ricks on Bob Dylan

Here’s something to check out if you’re interested in serious analysis of Bob Dylan’s work. In fact it’s worth listening to anyway, as an excellent example of literary analysis. And it’s free on the iTunes music store – if you have iTunes on your PC or Mac, click on ‘launch application’ when prompted and it… Continue reading Cambridge Forum Radio: Christopher Ricks on Bob Dylan