361. (Geoffrey Hill)

Poem 154 of The Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin: . Cinquefoil apple-flowers touch down in grass; early roses…

360. (William Shakespeare)

In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the good great houses of Orsino and Olivia insist upon decorum and the traditions of civilization;…

359. (John Donne)

If I were asked to give a complete account of what it means to dwell, I could do little more…

358. (William Empson)

Among those brilliant readers and critics, Johnson, Coleridge, Eliot, and Empson, the primary engine of productivity, whether in marginalia, publications,…

357. (T.S. Eliot)

Approached from the direction of monumentality, The Waste Land calls for the literary historian: the poem is a post-Romantic attempt…

356. (Charles Baudelaire)

Here is the first stanza of “Obsession,” from Aaron Poochigian’s wonderful new translation of Baudelaire: Vast woods, you scare me…

355. (Robert Lowell)

“My Last Afternoon with Uncle Devereux Winslow” has become one of my favorite poems by Robert Lowell and one that…

354. (Søren Kierkegaard)

Wittgenstein praised Kierkegaard, but remarked also that a little of Kierkegaard goes a long way. For Wittgenstein, perhaps. But for…

353. (William Shakespeare)

This is a post on Shakespeare’s sonnets, read narrowly through Empson’s analysis in Some Versions of Pastoral. A friend of…

352. (William Empson)

            Aristotle, frustrating some, claims that “a life of virtue is a life of flourishing.” The statement can be variously…