Category Archives: Poem of the Month

An Auden poem for Pride 2015

It’s currently Pride weekend and I want to honour the occasion by relating it to literature.  I find it shocking that male homosexuality was only decriminalised in the UK in 1967!  Even then, it was still a crime if one … Continue reading

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)

This poem begins with a man being waylaid on his way to a wedding by an ‘ancient mariner’ who insists on telling his story.  The old sailor is frightening and yet hypnotic, once he starts talking you can’t escape and … Continue reading

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Russian Reading Update: Turgenev, plus a Browining favourite for National Poetry Month

 Firstly, continuing with my ongoing Russian reading project, I’ve just finished a pile of books by Turgenev – check out the Russian Literature page to see how he fits into the Tsarist Russian literary canon. Also, in honour of National Poetry Month in … Continue reading

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