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Poem of the Week: Sympathy in White Major

This poem by Philip Larkin always resonated with me, in terms of my own academic research and my baseball blogging. It deals with the feeling that other people are out living and doing amazing...

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Poem of the Week: Denis Glover's "The Magpies"

Denis Glover was a New Zealand poet who lived from 1912-1980. The Magpies When Tom and Elizabeth took the farmThe bracken made their bedand Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodleThe magpies said T...

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Poem of the Week: "The Nile" by Leigh Hunt

I always liked Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), more as a guy than as a poet particularly, a good republican and a reformer raging against the bloated and corrupt Regency. Insanely prolific, but then,...

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Poem of the Week: "Fish Food" by John Wheelwright

Just came across this one tonight, by John Wheelwright (1897-1940) Fish Food You drank deep as Thor, did you think of milk or wine?Did you drink blood, while you drank the salt deep?Or see...

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Valentine Poem of the Week: An Arundel Tomb

This is probably my favorite poem. One of the few that when I was teaching the students seemed to like as well. At least on their scale of enthusiasm. (For video of the poet reading the poem and...

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Poem of the Week: "The Building" by Philip Larkin

Another searing great from High Windows (1974). The BuildingHigher than the handsomest hotelThe lucent comb shows up for miles, but see,All round it close-ribbed streets rise and fallLike a...

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Poem of the Week: "The Rivers" by Douglas Alexander Stewart

Stewart was a New Zealand/Australia poet who lived from 1913-1985. He might be third most favourite Australian poet, behind A.D. Hope and Kevin Hart. The RiversSomewhere in the middle of the...

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Poem of the Week: Whittier's "The Frost Spirit"

Whittier (1807-1892), that old New England voice, our self-self-styled Burns, rose to a nearly unimaginable fame in the late nineteenth century, sanctified as a voice of abolitionism and a...

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Poem of the Week: "The Panic" by Archibald Young Campbell

Archibald Young Campbell (1885-1958) was a Cambridge don (Classics) and authority on Horace.   The PanicPale in her evening silks she sat,That but a week had been my bride;Then, while the stars we...

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Poem of the Week: "To Autumn" by John Keats

Keats's "To Autumn" is usually placed in the discussion for the greatest English poems of all-time. Written in 1819, this is one of his last poems. There is considerable critical debate as to...

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