This is the last of a series of three newsletters on the pleasures of language, a topic intended for summer enjoyment. We have been moving from circumference to center, beginning with the language of criticism, which should instruct about literary texts but which is, or should…
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This is the second part of our discussion of the pleasures of language, in which we move from nonfiction to the language of literature itself, not that…
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I recently decided that we all need a way to enjoy the summer, and there is no finer pleasure than the pleasure of good language. I know that some might…
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Do we really know anything in this life? Sometimes it seems that we leave this world as clueless as when we came into it, that when the final moment…
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I ended The Productions of Time with laughter. Laughter is release of energy, the eruption skyward of what Shelley in Adonais called the burning…
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I was inspired to write this newsletter by Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday. It is not actually about him, much as I admire the way he continues to…
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The single most important source of the stories of Greek mythology is Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a book that had enormous influence on later poets, including…
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When I began teaching poetry writing many years ago, I adopted an exercise used by my predecessor Paula Rankin, herself a fine poet. What is there to…
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