Tag Archives: British Poetry

“Beauty crowds me till I die.” Emily Dickinson

Here are some of my favorite lines from my favorite poets–just to share and for the heck of it.  Poetry (the really good stuff) has always been my favorite genre as both a reader and writer. The above line is … Continue reading

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Apropos of Byron (previous post) and his Romancing …

What woman could withstand the following blandishments and adulation? [ Byron did, after all, write an epic poem about Don Juan (considered his masterpiece)–and no one challenged his qualifications to speak with authority on Don Juan, either ;)] But back … Continue reading

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Byron’s House Party – from A COUNTRY HOUSE COMPANION

“The most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, George Gordon, Lord Byron, was likewise the most fashionable poet of the day.“–THE POETRY FOUNDATION ____________________ I lost a whole day rediscovering with delight a wonderful, funny and revealing book on … Continue reading

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“I will drink life to the lees” – Tennyson’s “Ulysses”

Poor Tennyson, like so many of the Victorians today, he can come across as pompous, grandiose, even corny.  Or, worse, quaint. That is our loss, I think, and a result of our own myopia and a contraction of our brains … Continue reading

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On a Darkling Plain – “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold

I stumbled on this wonderful old poem today and was wracked  once more by its beauty – in structure, meter, image, theme, everything in the poetics toolkit-so masterfully melded, pulled together, so plaintively and  profoundly phrased,no wonder that it’s a … Continue reading

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