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Political poems

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/69857/political-poems Extract: Plato wanted to banish poets from his Republic because they can make lies seem like truth. Shelley thought poets were “the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” and Auden insisted that “poetry makes nothing happen.” This collection of poems … Continue reading

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Donald Winnicott and Harold Pinter

  “In a remembrance of the writer Harold Pinter that appeared in the Los Angeles Times (and posted on Slow Painting), Charles McNulty included a memorable quote by D. W. Winnicott: But for all his vehemence and posturing, Pinter was … Continue reading

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Why is free verse so popular?

  https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/free-verse-poets-glossary   “Free verse is a form of nonmetrical writing that takes pleasure in a various and emergent verbal music. “As regarding rhythm,” Ezra Pound writes in “A Retrospect” (1918): “to compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, … Continue reading

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Poetry for beginners

A word here about liking a poem. This should of course be our primary objective and motive. But to like is a function of the critical intelligence, as this passage by W. H. Auden makes clear: As readers, we remain in … Continue reading

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Criticise with love

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susie-moore/6-reasons-its-good-some-people-dont-like-you_b_8238060.html   There are two types of people we classify as haters. One is a critic who comes from a place of love, another is legitimate hater — one coming from a place of fear or envy. To be criticised … Continue reading

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Grief

  The best way to grieve is to learn how to live a good life without the person you loved  the most

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Precision in poetry

  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/articles/detail/68419 “Poetry charts the changes in language, but it never merely reproduces or recapitulates what it finds. The lyric poem defamiliarizes words, it wrenches them from familiar or habitual contexts, it puts a spell on them. The lyric is … Continue reading

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Chekhov improves your social skills but only if you read him!

  Apparently reading high brow novels increases your empathy and understanding of others more than reading chick lit or nonfiction does. Please click on “novels”above Related articles Choosing Chekhov over chick-lit improves your people skills (telegraph.co.uk) Scientists recommend Chekhov… (shannonturlington.com) … Continue reading

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The unfamiliar

  We’ve already seen that life is about living the questions, that the unknown is what drives science, and that the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. John Keats wrote of this art of remaining in doubt … Continue reading

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