401. (Charles Baudelaire)

How to explain the presence of Baudelaire as a defining presence for modernist poetry in English? He is felt, directly…

400 (T.S. Eliot)

I’ve tried to work out, in the last five posts, how it is that the most remarkable “Romance” narrative poems…

399. (Christina G. Rossetti)

The first time we encounter the parenthetical “(Men sell not such in any town),” we might want to hear the…

398. (William Wordsworth)

In this series of posts, I proposed to myself to read the best short narrative poems from the nineteenth century.…

397. (Robert Browning)

“He was a poet of misconceptions (the title of one of his poems), of failures, of abortive lives and loves,…

396. (John Keats)

Keats’ “The Eve of St Agnes” places an unusual strain upon Keats’ distinct genius, while also offering it an opportunity…

395. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” though it would seem to belie, superbly confirms Coleridge’s critical principle: “nothing can permanently…

394. (Ezra Pound)

Ezra Pound’s Pisan Cantos inspires questions, and is itself the answer to some of the questions; if we feel the…

393. (William Blake)

When it is reduced to a formula, Blake’s mythology in the masterpiece Jerusalem conveys one of the most plausible and…

392. (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

The contrast between Hopkins and Shelley is so perfect in so many respects—atheist and Jesuit; a seeming see-saw of reputations;…