Category: Criticism

“I who was once the favorite of the gods”

Associations of Thought

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Donald Davie Among the Zanies

Dickinson’s Nerves

Don Quixote or the Art of Becoming

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Maxine Kumin 1925–2014: The Long Approach: A Life in Poetry

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Big Love

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Not Today’s Conservative

Two Poets Named Dunstan Thompson

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On the Experience of Fiction

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Mind and Mindlessness in Jane Austen

“What Might Have Been and What Has Been”: How T. S. Eliot Looked at Lives

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William Maxwell’s Palace

Antonio Muñoz Molina: Narrative Across Time

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Writing for God: The Life and Work of George Herbert

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Hector Berlioz’s “To be or not to be”

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Personages and the Claim of the Heart in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov

John Adams: Innocent Sage


The Sadness That Lurks: Robert Frost and the Poetry of Poverty

Kafka: The Death-Journey

Sappho; or, on Loss

On David Foster Wallace’s Conservatism

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In the Village and Other Stories

Message, Meaning and Code in the Operas of Benjamin Britten

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On the Inner Lives of Ghosts

Caves, Masks, and Code Switching: The Inventive Narratives of Junot Díaz

Vengeance on a Dumb Brute, Ahab?: An Environmentalist Reading of Moby-Dick

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From To Breathe with Birds

Frank Kermode’s Magnificent Usefulness

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The Motive for Metaphor

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Horatio Hornblower

Shakespeare’s Epitaph

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The Battle for Joan

Three Presences: Yeats, Eliot, Pound

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“The Progress of Irony” and “The Sense That Everything Is Going Wrong”

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The Songs of Thibaut de Champagne (1201–1253)

The Dark Delight of Ambrose Bierce

Ben Jonson: Poet

Compacting Time: Anne Stevenson’s Poems of Memory

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Found in Translation

Of “Song of Myself”

Ben Jonson: Poet

How We Became So Beautiful and So Bright: Deep History and Evolutionary Anthropology

How we Became So Beautiful and Bright: Deep History and Evolutionary Anthropology

The Poem and the Path

Macauley Reconsidered


Robert Burns’s Inspired Clay