Tuesday, November 17, 2015

We'll be discussing these Keats poems...

Keats' life mask, 1816
 ...during Classics Revisited on December 17, 2015

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
The Eve of St. Agnes
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Ode to Psyche
Ode to a Nightingale
Ode on Melancholy
Ode on a Grecian Urn
To Autumn
Bright Star

Optional letters: (1) December 21, 27, 1817, to George and Thomas Keats, on, among other things, "Negative Capability"; (2) October 27, 1818, To Richard Woodhouse, "A Poet Has No Identity."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A quote just for Classics Revisited fans...

...from Andrea Barrett. Turns out she's one of us!

"Every year I try to read five or six books that I know I should have read in my twenties. There's some pleasure in reading those now, at this late date. They're fresh for me, and the experience can be dazzling. It's an amazing pleasure, it turns out, to read Paradise Lost for the first time at age thirty-eight."

Paris Review, "Art of Fiction" No. 180

NY Post article on Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"

"The Famous Robert Frost Poem We've Read Wrong Forever" is a review of David Orr's new book "The Road Not Taken."

"...The poem isn't a salute to can-do individualism," he continues. "It's a commentary on the self-deception we practice when constructing the story of our own lives."

You'll find the complete article (until such time as the Post takes it down) right here:

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Nobody gets to see this except people who visit this blog!

Our title for January 2015 is Andrea Barrett's Voyage of the Narwhal.  It happens that The Paris Review published an "Art of Fiction" interview featuring her, and it's an excellent piece....but you can only find it right here.