Category: Poetry

How to Talk About Poetry

Let’s be honest. Reading poetry, in the greater scheme of things, is just this side of engaging in an obscenity. Poetry is meant to be spoken or sung or chanted; it’s meant to be heard and shared, it’s not meant

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Western Wind

Western wind, when will thou blow? The small rain down can rain. Christ, if my love were in my arms, And I in my bed again! Anonymous; British Library Royal Appendix 58 c. Early Sixteenth Century “Western Wind” (or “Westron

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Donne’s A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day

Saint Lucy’s day is December 13. This was, in the Julian calendar, the Winter solstice and consequently the shortest day of the year (and thus the darkest). It is also the point at which, astrologically speaking, the Sun entered the

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