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CR Episode 63: Dryden’s Annus Mirabilis

John Dryden, by Sir Godfrey Kneller

John Dryden, by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Download Link: Released 2021.01.11

The panel continues to welcome in a new year by looking back to an old year–in this case, A.D. 1666, and Dryden’s poem “Annus Mirabilis”, which ruminates on the wonders of war with Holland, the Great Fire of London, and the heroic conduct of Charles II.

 
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Posted by on 11 January 2021 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 62: Winter with Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, photographed by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868

Download Link: Released 2021.01.04

As the new year dawns, the panel revisits the work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the quintessential Fireside Poet, to reexamine some favourites (Excelsior, The Day Is Done) and some poems which are new to the podcast (Psalm of Life, Paul Revere’s Ride).

 
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Posted by on 4 January 2021 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 61: Poetry and Prose of John Donne

John Donne, painted by Isaac Oliver

John Donne, painted by Isaac Oliver

Download Link: Released 2020.12.28

If it must be Donne, let it be done well! The panel reads Donne’s selected poetry and prose: a Christmas sermon, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”, “The Flea”, and selections from both “La Corona” and “Holy Sonnets”.

 
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Posted by on 28 December 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 60: The Ambiguous Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell

Download Link: Released 2020.12.21

The panel considers the scholarly consensus that Marvell is poetically and politically ambiguous by reading “To His Coy Mistress”, “Clorinda and Damon”, “A Dialogue between the Soul and the Body”, and “An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland”.

 
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Posted by on 21 December 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 59: Contradictory Verse of Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick

Download Link: Released 2020.12.07

The panel continues a survey of English Civil War poetry with a look at Robert Herrick’s deliberately contradictory verses, including his Hesperides, and the famous Carpe Diem poems “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” and “Corinna’s Going a Maying”.

 
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Posted by on 7 December 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 58: Religious Poetry of George Herbert

George Herbert

George Herbert

Download Link: Released 2020.11.16

The panel examines the poetical works of George Herbert, discussing the Christian theological implications found in the language of three of his lyric poems, each of which is composed on a religious topic: “Prayer (2)”, “Divinity”, and “Love (3)”.

 
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Posted by on 16 November 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 57: Cigars and Seaweed of James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell

Download Link: Released 2020.10.26

The panel examines selected verse of American fire-side poet James Russell Lowell, with a brief survey including some light verse on cigars and seasons, and some more serious writing on nautical themes featuring sirens, seaweed, and ocean-side lyres.

 
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Posted by on 26 October 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 56: An Introduction to Robert Lowell

Robert Lowell

Robert Lowell

Download Link: Released 2020.10.19

The panel reviews the biography of, and some selected works by, the twentieth-century poet Robert Lowell, including his “Falling Asleep over the Aeneid”, “Memories of West Street and Lepke”, and “Four Spanish Sonnets”, with special attention to form.

 
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Posted by on 19 October 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 55: Wallace Stevens’ Harmonium

Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

Download Link: Released 2020.10.05

The panel reviews five poems selected from Wallace Stevens’ debut collection, Harmonium, and considers the role of Stevens within the larger context of the poetic development of the Romantic movement into its fulfilment with the advent of Modernism.

 
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Posted by on 5 October 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 54: Pope’s Translation of The Iliad

Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope

Download Link: Released 2020.09.28

The panel reads Book I of Alexander Pope’s translation of The Iliad, discusses Pope’s approach contextually, compares that approach to the modern translations of Fitzgerald and Fagles (amongst others), and considers theoretical commentary on translations.

 
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Posted by on 28 September 2020 in Podcasts

 

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