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CR Episode 44: The Faerie Queene, Book III, Cantos 1-6

Britomart, by Walter Crane (1900)

Britomart

Download Link: Released 2020.07.06

The panel adds a new member, and begins a discussion of the first half of The Faerie Queene, Book III, by focusing on the character of Britomart, her historical and mythological characterisation, potential allegorical connexions, and chivalric impact.

 
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Posted by on 6 July 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 43: The Faerie Queene, Book II, Cantos 7-12

An illustrated Faerie Queene

An illustrated Faerie Queene

Download Link: Released 2020.06.29

The panel reviews the second half of Book II of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, with particular attention shown to the allegorical representation of the seven deadly sins and the means by which they can be overcome through the virtue of temperance.

 
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Posted by on 29 June 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 42: The Faerie Queene, Book II, Cantos 1-6

Guyon and Palmer in Faerie Queene

Guyon and Palmer in Faerie Queene

Download Link: Released 2020.06.22

The panel reviews selections from the first six cantos of Book II of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, with particular attention to Guyon’s interactions with Belphoebe (and her connexion to Diana and Venus), the character of Palmer, and the return of Archimago.

 
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Posted by on 22 June 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 41: The Faerie Queene, Book I, Cantos 7-12

'The Faeries' by Gustav Dore

‘The Faeries’ by Gustav Dore

Download Link: Released 2020.06.15

The panel examines the second half of the first book of The Faerie Queene, with particular attention to the foundations of textual analysis, demonstrating readings grounded in the texts themselves and in the material and tropes available to the author.

 
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Posted by on 15 June 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 40: The Faerie Queene, Book I, Cantos 1-6

Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser

Download Link: Released 2020.06.08

The panel welcomes two additional experts to begin a several-month-long survey of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene in its entirety, in this episode examining Spenser’s personal history, his letter to Sir Walter Raleigh, and the first half of Book I.

 
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Posted by on 8 June 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 39: Robert Frost and the Road Not Taken

Robert Frost

Robert Frost

Download Link: Released 2020.06.01

The panel discusses two of Robert Frost’s best-known nature poems, including “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, and their common misreadings, before discussing the unusually urban setting of his “Acquainted with the Night”.

 
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Posted by on 1 June 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 38: Betjeman’s Railways

Sir John Betjeman

Sir John Betjeman

Download Link: Released 2020.04.27

The panel bridges McGonagall’s Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay to a discussion of twentieth-century poet laureate John Betjeman, who had an abiding fascination for railway buildings both architecturally and as a connecting point for human experiences.

 
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Posted by on 27 April 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 37: William McGonagall and the Tay Bridge

William McGonagall

William McGonagall

Download Link: Released 2020.04.06

In the first podcast of April, the panel examines the work of a truly exceptional poet–the unparalleled and indefatigable William Topaz McGonagall–and discusses three of his poems related to the Tay Bridge (near by Dundee and the Magdalen Green).

 
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Posted by on 6 April 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 36: Eliot’s Four Quartets IV – Little Gidding

St. John's Church, Little Gidding

St. John’s Church, Little Gidding

Download Link: Released 2020.03.30

After a brief delay, the panel concludes its review of Eliot’s Four Quartets with a discussion of Little Gidding, focusing on its cyclicality, pentecostal imagery, connexions to Dante’s Commedia, and what the poem suggests about the communion of saints.

 
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Posted by on 30 March 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 35: Eliot’s Four Quartets III – The Dry Salvages

Eliot's 'Dry Salvages'

Eliot’s ‘Dry Salvages’

Download Link: Released 2020.03.02

The panel examines ‘The Dry Salvages’ (rhymes with ‘assuages’), the third of Eliot’s Four Quartets, and ponders over the speaker’s shift away from temporal considerations and towards intercessory prayer and overtly Christian theological symbolism.

 
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Posted by on 2 March 2020 in Podcasts

 

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