Odes To Nightingales

Keats, of course. And Benedict Cumberbatch reading it. And then Stevens says this: Vachel Lindsay, however, gives us “The Chinese Nightingale,” with its cartoonish Orientalism (but which isn’t the same as this 1935 cartoon of the same title.) To go back to the Keats poem, however, and its exploration of music (as compared to the focus […]

Tony Harrison

Browsing through a copy of his Selected Poems at a bookstore the other evening, my attention was drawn to one of the poems in Tony Harrison‘s sequence The School Of Eloquence. The title caught my eye, the opening lines my ear. I started reading the poem under my breath and became so entranced I took pictures of the […]

Rhythms Of Richard Cureton, Shapes Of Keats

I met with my thesis adviser today, and in one of the moments during consultation when we were talking about music, meter, and rhythm, he told me to look up Richard Cureton. His wasn’t a name I heard before, unlike some others mentioned (Philip Hobsbaum and Derek Attridge, for instance), so I looked up Cureton online […]