Patterns of Poetic Revolution

  One of the most famous lines in English poetry about poetry is Moore’s “I, too, dislike it.” The interesting thing is just how much the best poets, historically, have disliked the poetry immediately preceding theirs. The classic critical explanation:…

Martyr Stories, Past and Present

Some of the most popular stories in medieval Europe were tales of saints and martyrs. Many of the hagiographies were essentially martyr stories as well, seeing as most early Christians were sainted for dying at the hands of pagans, like St.…

Political Poetry

  Should poets speak truth to power? Is it their role to court censorship, to call out social injustices, to commentate, to dare reveal political iniquity for what it is and damn the consequences? NPR critic Juan Vidal thinks so…

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