W.H. Auden

“What Becomes of Us as We Read?”: Ashbery and Ethical Criticism

January 13, 2014
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What are some reasons why we read poetry? Why turn to a poem over a novel, a play, a philosophical treatise?

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John Ashbery: A Pageant

September 9, 2013
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Characters:Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H. Auden, James Merril, Robert Lowell

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Terrible Eyes: On a Newly Discovered Photograph of Arthur Rimbaud

April 18, 2010

I followed deadpan Rivers down and down,
And knew my haulers had let go the ropes.
Whooping redskins took my men as targets
And nailed them nude to technicolour posts.

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Seventeen Years Ago Last March: Elizabeth Bishop’s Grand Finale

March 6, 2010
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‘Crusoe in England’ was first published in The New Yorker in 1971, then later collected in ‘Geography III,’ perhaps Bishop’s finest single volume of poems. (Only recently I discovered the title of which was suggested to her by John Ashbery. He had found a little geography textbook of the eponymous name, and sent it to her, thinking she’d rather enjoy it. Turns out, she did.)

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