‘somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond,’ by E.E. Cummings (1931)

For copyright purposes, I will avoid printing the whole poem in the following. It is not hard to find the full text online. The poem I have selected serves me up an excuse to write about E.E. Cummings. The truth is, I have only read maybe between 10 and 20 poems by Cummings in my …

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Winter Was a Friend All Too Kindred

If I have sent for Spring by an ill-advised and troubling letter(without a second thought, forgetting Winter was a friend all too kindred)that wanted all the less dreary flowersand warbled cries of little birds filching seeds,and sprouting trees pushing life into the air from air reformulated,and all the fecund amorousness,purging death’s constant sheering remindersthat Winter …

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Lamentations: An English Acrostic

For the latter half of last year, I have been working on this project and trying to complete the publication process. Alas, I haven’t attended much to the blog, since I found it difficult to multitask the two. This year, I hope to return to writing essays, and maybe sometimes posting poems, as consistently as …

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‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers,’ by Langston Hughes (1921)

I have skirted only the edge of the American South. I haven’t myself been where the mugginess is green and the blue sky is soaked up into the waters below it. But I’ve at least been near enough to glance over the precipice. And this poem captures what feeling one might have, traversing alongside an …

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‘Ozymandias,’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1817)

This is not only Shelley’s most famous poem – generally having been read or heard even by many who are not interested in literature – but it is also might be one of the most famous poems in the English language. As such, I do want to write a bit about it, rather than avoid …

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Wonder

We no longer notice what once a god was once he’s no longer so. Once a god, the intensity of men’s fears and passions and joys and endless repetitive bloody sacrifice – All were yours – Mankind’s attention enraptured in full, and temples built over eons all across the globe again and again. Now the …

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‘Law,’ by W.H. Auden (September, 1939)

Quick preface: for copyright purposes, I will not be including the entire text of this poem. Besides, it is a bit long. This essay should motivate people to read the original poem in full. The bibliographical reference to it is as follows: W.H. Auden: Selected Poems, edited by Edward Mendelson. New York: Vintage Books, 1989. …

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Impossible

Subtle shapes cut the world into our hopes and fears impressed on the helpless part of the mind’s destiny – And we have no path past the way of years long, long, long, and drawn out painfully. To walk, or to leave, or to stay, all are failures it seems in some way or another …

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Poetical Fragments