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“Under Empty Skies Falconers Weep” 

A Personal Survey of Modern Verse in Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania

As Reviewed By: Stephen Schwartz

I will begin this highly selective and idiosyncratic discussion of modern Slovene, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, and Albanian poetry with an anecdote. … continue reading...

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An Agenda for Critics: Judgment

By: Jan Schreiber

The task of the critic is judgment. I hope to unravel the complexities of judgment, as it applies to works of literature, and specifically to poetry.… continue reading...

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Wave and Stone, Verse and Prose: Novels-in-Verse vs. Poetic Narratives 

Carson, Anne. Autobiography of Red: a Novel-in-verse. Vintage Books, 1998. 149 pages

Evaristo, Bernardine. The Emperor’s Babe: a Verse Novel of Londinium, 211 A.D.continue reading...

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The Multicultural Melt

By: Justin Quinn

The main transformations in American literature over the last thirty years have had a strong effect on poetry as well: the consolidation of African-American writers, the emergence of Native-American, Asian-American and Chicano writers, as well as gay writers, to name but a few.… continue reading...

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Tiring the Sun with Poetry 

Ledbury Poetry Festival, July 2004

By: Anthony Moore

I wish Edward Thomas (that poet) were here to ponder gulfs in general with me as in the days when he and I tired the sun with talking on the footpaths and stiles of Ledington and Ryton (Robert Frost, “A Romantic Chasm”)

Those days, at the start of World War I, were among the eleven convivial months when Frost lived near Dymock, in England’s rural Gloucestershire.… continue reading...

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Poetry, Spilt Religion, and the Poetic Imagination

By: Paul Lake

In 1935 in his essay “Religion and Literature,” T. S. Eliot described his era as one in which readers had “never heard the Christian faith spoken of as anything but an anachronism.” He further declared, “ .… continue reading...

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Poetry in the Mother Tongue

By: Paul Lake

Despite nearly a century’s advances in science, technology, linguistics, and our understanding of human development and cognition, Freud’s Oedipal myth provides the intellectual cornerstone for postmodern literary analysis as well as the chief impetus for avant-garde experimentation in the arts.… continue reading...

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The Enchanted Loom: A New Paradigm for Literature

By: Paul Lake

Increasingly over the past few decades, as postmodern critical theories have percolated from the academy down to the general culture, the prestige of literature has declined.… continue reading...

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Disorderly Orders

By Paul Lake

At present, the term “free verse” is used to describe a multitude of quite different and even contradictory strategies, several of which may be employed in the same poem.… continue reading...

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The Shape of Poetry

by Paul Lake

In one of his most memorable pronouncements, written in 1917 at a time when he was championing free verse, Ezra Pound made a classic statement about the shape of poetry:

I think there is a ‘fluid’ as well as a ‘solid’ content, that some poems may have form as a tree has form, some as water poured into a vase.… continue reading...

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