391. (William Blake)

Blake’s Milton might have been called, at least as a second title, “The Lark and Wild Thyme,” since these are the objects … More

390. (Ezra Pound)

Pound felt himself to be in an earthly hell, in the cage in which the Pisan Cantos were written. But … More

389. (Henry James)

The title gives something away: that The Ambassadors will be a novel about power, about relations of power, and about … More

388. (A.E. Housman)

One of Housman’s most poignant poems: Because I liked you better      Than suits a man to say, It irked … More

387. (Henry James)

James appeals to the concept of life with the most brazenly airy of gestures, and his novels are also open … More

386. (Christopher Ricks)

Christopher Ricks’ Along Heroic Lines is his best work of criticism since Essays in Appreciation, which is also the collection … More

384. (John Donne)

After all some faffing with patterns, a return to basics, two legs upon which to stand and move forward. For … More

383. (Wallace Stevens)

There is no sine qua non for poetic success, but it is difficult to imagine making sense of whether a … More

382. (Jean Racine)

In approaching Racine’s Iphigénie and Phèdre , I’ll take seriously Aristotle, whose critical philosophy has special import for the French … More