335. (Horace)

Here is David Ferry’s translation of Horace, Ode III.4: Come down from heaven, Calliope, and play Upon the flute a … More

334. (Sebastian Rödl)

Philosophy yearns to reveal time in a form that is understandable and universal, its essence scraped away, seized as it … More

332. (William Wordsworth)

The strange and wondrous movement of Wordsworth’s blank verse can be felt with special force in a poem that is … More

331. (Ben Jonson)

Jonson’s “To Penshurst” is an extraordinary achievement of technique: a poem that feels relaxed, and at ease, and yet is … More

329. (Franz Kafka)

Kafka’s The Trial takes as its subject matter the disenchantment of turn-of-the-century bourgeois modernity; but it presents, in what it … More

328. (John Donne)

Donne’s poetry does not achieve ambiguities at the cost of compression; it achieves compression with the success of ambiguities. That … More

327. (William Blake)

A source of strength for William Blake’s sensitivity towards freedom, and all that it can mean and be, is a … More

326. (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

The sublime is central to Shelley, and Shelley’s relationship to the sublime makes him central to modern poetry, as no … More