Shakespeare: The 64th Sonnet

Preface I will be publishing essays from now on analyzing individual poems on the blog. Rather than trying to cover broad topics, I find that this will be a more useful and focused exercise, for not only myself, but hopefully for any readers as well. It will also narrowly confine the discussion to poetry qua …

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The Origins of Poetry

Paintings of animals at Laxcaux

This is the second essay of an essay series on the fundamentals of poetry. They are all brief and not exhaustive, but simply some rambling thoughts on each of a few points. This essay concerns the origins of poetry. “Poetry is ever accompanied with pleasure.”1 Note, Shelley does not say poetry is merely “pleasant” or …

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