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Blake, Contemporaneously April 17, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84877" align="alignnone" width="500"] "America a Prophecy" title page (1793)[/caption] For the eye altering alters all William Blake, “The Mental Traveler” Who reads Blake? The easy answer is almost everyone who reads poetry—that is, has read some Blake—and can quote something. “A rose is a rose is a [...] by

Happy 405th Birthday, John Milton! December 10, 2013: Four hundred and five year olds throw the sickest parties. On why Milton still matters, at the New Republic's "From the Stacks:" Columbia University is making a landmark in American scholarship and a monument to a great poet’s fame. Under the general editorship of Frank Allen Patterson, a staff of editors consisting of Professors [...] by

This Lower World April 19, 2013: [caption id="attachment_65443" align="alignright" width="500"] Book XII of William Blake’s 1808 Paradise Lost.[/caption] This week I’ve been thinking about the moment in Book XI of Paradise Lost when Milton’s Eve laments to Adam, when the angel Michael has arrived to dispossess them of Paradise: How shall I part and wither wander [...] by

Milton’s Sci-Fi Epic December 26, 2012: Remember this item from a while back, and how we got all psyched to see Bradley Cooper as the Dark Prince, yes Satan himself. Unfortunately it looks like it's not going to happen, according to Katy Waldman at Slate: Before an ominous two-handed engine called “budget constraints” smote it into oblivion, a movie adaption of Milton’s [...] by

Baroqueness: Gertrude Stein, C.K. Williams, John Donne, Peter Paul Rubens, John Milton, Frank O’Hara April 20, 2012: "Where's SARDINES?" All that's left is just letters, "It was too much," Mike says. --Frank O’Hara, from “Why I am Not a Painter.” O’Hara and Goldberg talk about composition. What to put where in the picture and how much. Poems have compositions too, distinct or semi-distinct from their subjects. What to put in the beginning so as [...] by

Paradise Gross February 25, 2011: Psst... Do you want to see an 1852 edition of John Milton's Poetical Works bound in human skin? The Daily Mail knows you do. So does the Westcountry Studies Library in Exeter, where the book will be on display for the first time. It doesn't really look like anything special, but thankfully (or not, depending on your taste tolerance) the backstory [...] by

Learning Poems by Heart/Where to Start? May 26, 2010: Alison Flood wants to learn more poems by heart, but where should she start? My awe and envy of John Basinger, a man who has committed the whole of Paradise Lost to memory, makes me want to learn more poems. But where should I start? by