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General Petraeus, when the death-count of American troops
in Iraq was close to 3,800, said ‘The truth is you never do get
used to losses. There is a kind of bad news vessel with holes, 107 more words


Camden Poetry Series - Friday 1st December 2017

Patron: Andrew Motion

Ruth O’Callaghan Presents:

Clare Brant, Professor of English Literature, King’s College London

Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St. Paul’s Cathedral

Ruth O’Callaghan… 116 more words


The Conclusion of Joseph Turrill - Andrew Motion - Analysis

The Conclusion of Joseph Turrill
Garsington, Oxfordshire, 1867

I suppose I was cut out for a quiet life;
whether I have managed any such thing… 539 more words

Poetry Analysis

poetry on film

In our ongoing pursuit of all things poetry-on-film, we somehow overlooked Bright Star, a 2009 film by Jane Campion. The story of John Keats and Fanny Brawne, the film was described as “beautiful, wistful” by… 32 more words


Andrew Motion's friendship w/Philip Larkin

Andrew Motion has a charming essay in The New Yorker about his friendship with Philip Larkin. It begins:

I first came across Philip Larkin’s poems as a schoolboy in the late nineteen-sixties, when I began taking English “A” level and my teacher Peter Way asked our class to talk about Larkin’s poems “Wires” and “At Grass.” At the time, I had no great interest in poems, but I was interested in these two partly because (as a country boy) I thought that they both had a mistake in them.

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Bookish selfie...

A snapshot of my reading week in quotes…

….I gave orders that the bodies should remain in the open under the sun a day or two until the sweetness gave way to stench. 796 more words

Book Review