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A. E. Housman Noting the Difference

Everybody thinks they are smarter than they are. You, me, everybody. Everybody thinks they are smarter than they are. Politicians also think they are smarter than they are. The difference between us and them is that they constantly seek to … Continue reading

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Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments by William Shakespeare

Took another look at Shakespeare’s sonnets. (internal link) Number 55 is very good, outlining the hope of all poets to live beyond the grave. Maxwell Nurnberg (A Gathering of Poems, Washington Square Press, 1969) says that the first two lines … Continue reading

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The Master Singers of Japan by Clara Walsh

What is Japanese poetry translated into English? A true translation? Or an imitation? With Japanese poetry we need to convert words and structure. Or do we? If so, to what degree? Kenneth’s Rexroth’s translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry appeals … Continue reading

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The Passing Strange by John Masefield

This is a long one by Masefield, whom we last (internal ink) looked at in the very descriptive Night is on the Downland. The Passing Strange at first appears to be more “we are only dust in the wind” type stuff. … Continue reading

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Climbing Milestone Mountain by Kenneth Rexroth

I know Rexroth (internal link) from his translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry. I have none of his books anymore because I always gave them away. Those collections are that beautiful. Here we have a personal poem with Rexroth in … Continue reading

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She Was a Phantom of Delight by William Wordsworth

Overwrought? Yes, too many times. But Wordsworth saves himself with interesting lines like, “A lovely apparition, sent / To be a moment’s ornament . . .” Who else could turn that phrase? The text below is taken from the Poetry Foundation’s … Continue reading

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Over the Hill and Over the Dale by John Keats

John Keats died of tuberculosis at 25. I have his strongest poem here (internal link). But his most famous line is, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” The epitaph on his grave reads, “Here lies one whose name … Continue reading

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I taste a Liquor Never Brewed by Emily Dickinson

I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed by Emily Dickinson – 1830-1886 I taste a liquor never brewed – From Tankards scooped in Pearl – Not all the Frankfort Berries Yield such an Alcohol! Inebriate of air – am I – … Continue reading

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That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection

That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection by Gerad Manly Hopkins (1844–1889) https://hopkinspoetry.com (external link) Cloud-puffball, torn tufts, tossed pillows | flaunt forth, then chevy on an air- Built thoroughfare: heaven-roysterers, in gay-gangs | … Continue reading

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On The Death of An Acquaintance

Variations on a Theme I On The Death of An Acquaintance by Oscar Williams (1899–1964) I read that Williams was a poet and influential anthologist. His name haunted me at first be because I could not place him yet his … Continue reading

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