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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 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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CR Episode 53: Masefield’s Midsummer Night

Porth Cadlan, Wales

One speculative source for Camlann: Porth Cadlan, Wales

Download Link: Released 2020.09.21

The panel examines the biography of John Masefield before reading and examining excerpts from his Arthurian cycle, Midsummer Night, with special attention on the unique aspects of Masefield’s recasting of traditional Arthurian mythological elements.

 
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Posted by on 21 September 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 52: The Faerie Queene, Mutabilitie Cantos

Calliope and Clio

Calliope and Clio

Download Link: Released 2020.09.14

The panel reviews the epilogue-like Mutabilitie Cantos of the Faerie Queene, reviewing scholarly opinion about their place in the whole poem, and considering the interrelations of the Greco-Roman pantheon to Nature, Time, and the Judeo-Christian God.

 
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Posted by on 14 September 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 51: The Faerie Queene, Book VI, Cantos 7-12

King Arthur and the Questing Beast, by Aubrey Beardsley

King Arthur and the Questing Beast, by Aubrey Beardsley

Download Link: Released 2020.09.07

The panel reviews the second half of Spenser’s book of courtesy, with attention given to the scholarly view of C. S. Lewis, Northrop Frye, and others, that Courtesy represents the central portion of the poem and that it is the essential Spenserian virtue.

 
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Posted by on 7 September 2020 in Podcasts

 

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