415. (John Keats)

I wasn’t reading Kierkegaard concurrently to Keats but had the impulse to return to Keats after having finished The Concept … More

413. (Søren Kierkegaard)

This is the first in what will be a multi-part explication of Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Anxiety. Kierkegaard writes The … More

405. (Lord Byron)

I sometimes wish every long poem could exasperate like Paradise Lost or The Aeneid, since the exasperation of either is … More

401. (Charles Baudelaire)

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

398. (William Wordsworth)

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

397. (Robert Browning)

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

396. (John Keats)

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

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 … More