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CR Episode 69: Keats and The Eve of St. Agnes

John Keats, painted by William Hilton

John Keats

Download Link: Released 2021.03.08

The panel discusses the late Romantic shift in focus from nominally Christian, deified Nature to transcendental beauty in three longer works by Keats, including “The Eve of St. Agnes” and excerpts from “Endymion” and the unfinished “Hyperion”.

 
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Posted by on 8 March 2021 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 68: Shelley, Ozymandias, and the Death of Keats

Percy Bysshe Shelley, by Alfred Clint

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Download Link: Released 2021.03.01

The panel engages in a wide-ranging discussion of Percy Bysshe Shelley and his relation to the early and late Romantic movements, his work to establish the reputation of Keats, his association with radical politics, and his own untimely death, aged 29.

 
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Posted by on 1 March 2021 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 67: An Introduction to Lord Byron

George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron

George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron

Download Link: Released 2021.02.22

The panel begins a multi-week review of Romanticism with a review of the movement’s (and the author’s) effects upon poetry, including readings of three works: “Darkness”, “The Destruction of Sennacherib”, and excerpts from “The Bride of Abydos”.

 
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Posted by on 22 February 2021 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 66: Poetry and Verse of Robert W. Service

Robert W. Service

Robert W. Service

Download Link: Released 2021.02.15

The panel discusses the difference between verse and poetry (including whether such a difference exists), and examines three ‘frosty’ poems by Service, including “Pullman Porter”, “The Prospector”, and his famous ballad, “The Cremation of Sam McGee”.

 
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Posted by on 15 February 2021 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 65: Three by Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop

Download Link: Released 2021.02.08

The panel considers the role of time, colour, militarism, rhyme, repetition, meter, and other formal poetic aspects in three of the more popular and widely-anthologised poems written by Elizabeth Bishop: “Roosters”, “The Fish”, and “One Art”.

 
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Posted by on 8 February 2021 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 64: An Introduction to Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin

Download Link: Released 2021.02.01

The panel examines the complicated irony of Philip Larkin’s verse, and considers his use of poetic formalism, and themes including rebelliousness, nihilism, love, and impermanence, in “This Be the Verse”, “Aubade”, “An Arundel Tomb”, and “Days”.

 
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Posted by on 1 February 2021 in Podcasts

 

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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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