‘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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