228. (John Donne)

Among the tissues of judgments that compose a poem will be a judgment about what a poem plays at doing (“Plays at” because poets, like novelists and playwrights, being concerned with what is possible in this bodily experience, write utterances that correspond to the fictions of narrative). The excitement of a poem can depend on the ambitions of its play, including what it judges itself … Continue reading 228. (John Donne)

204. (John Donne)

An exemplary poem by Donne, “The Expiration”: So, so breake off this last lamenting kisse,      Which sucks two soules, and vapours Both away,  Turne thou ghost that way, and let mee turne this,      And let our selves benight our happiest day,  We ask’d none leave to love; nor will we owe      Any, so cheape a death, as saying, Goe;  Goe; and if … Continue reading 204. (John Donne)

10. (Bishop Henry King)

One year, a while ago, for a Christmas gift, I asked for what was on the wishlist of many: an edition of Bishop Henry King’s poems. I am not sure what it cost, but I received an out of print edition–with the pages mostly uncut. And having learned from previous experience how-not-to-cut-pages, but never learning how to do so, I refrained and the book yielded … Continue reading 10. (Bishop Henry King)