Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Form and Meaning in Lyric Poetry

I’m just reading Helen Vendler’s The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Amazon affiliate link). I think she is my favourite interpreter of poetry, and this might be her greatest work. Every page is revelatory. One of her major themes is that a consideration of ‘form’ in lyric poetry is vital for a full understanding of the… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Form and Meaning in Lyric Poetry

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Essays, Resources and Links

The following links offer useful and free online resources for the study and analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Full text Shakespeare: Sonnets – easy access to all 154 sonnets The amazing web site of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – this site is a little clumsy to navigate, but does feature the complete texts plus useful commentaries and sonnets… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Essays, Resources and Links

Knowledge of Good and Evil in Milton’s Paradise Lost

At our Culture Club discussion on Milton’s Paradise Lost, one aspect of the narrative came up as a particular problem. This was the meaning of the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil’, the instrument of humanity’s fall. I think we all agreed that the tree is symbolic of something, but the nature of the… Continue reading Knowledge of Good and Evil in Milton’s Paradise Lost

John Milton’s Paradise Lost: Essays, Resources and Links

The following links offer useful resources for the study and analysis of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Full text Paradise Lost, Project Gutenberg Paradise Lost, with Notes Explanatory and Critical, Edited by Rev. James Robert Boyd Paradise Lost, Milton Reading Room, Dartmouth College Paradise Lost, Electronic Literature Foundation Resources Milton, Open Yale Course, YouTube (Video) Milton,… Continue reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost: Essays, Resources and Links

Campaign to make Jeremy Prynne the new poet laureate

Charlotte Higgins is only joking, in her piece on the Guardian Culture blog: Jeremy Prynne for poet laureate! But I think it’s a great idea. He may write obscure and difficult poems, but wouldn’t it be refreshing to get the nation scratching its head on a regular basis? And after all, he is the most… Continue reading Campaign to make Jeremy Prynne the new poet laureate

Allen Ginsberg on William Carlos Williams

I found this link, with audio of a lecture by Allen Ginsberg on William Carlos Williams. The notes say: First half of a class by Allen Ginsberg on William Carlos Williams and prosody. Included are discussions on Williams’s poems: “Thursday,” “To Elsie,” “Horned Purple,” and “The Term.” This class also covers the importance of Williams… Continue reading Allen Ginsberg on William Carlos Williams

Poetry’s Popularity Soars Online: Telegraph

In light of traffic figuresto the Poetry Archive website, which is delivering 1 million page views a month and reaching 125,000 unique users, Andrew Motion suggests that the internet is providing a better medium for poetry than books: “Either books have not been doing the job or they are being outmanoeuvred by the internet.” Full… Continue reading Poetry’s Popularity Soars Online: Telegraph

Joseph Conrad and T.S. Eliot: Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness had a special significance for T.S. Eliot. He made references to it in The Waste Land, as described in this note to the essay Notes on the Publishing History and Text of The Waste Land (1964, reproduced in The Waste Land Casebook Series): In the first of the published… Continue reading Joseph Conrad and T.S. Eliot: Heart of Darkness