Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Poem a Day: The Muse of Langston Hughes

About eight years ago, I watched an episode of Def Poetry where Javon Johnson recited his poem “Elementary” (see the clip here). As he spoke of being in the fifth grade and how he dreamt he would be the first … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Borges and Chess

A half-offering today: Jorge Luis Borges is an imposing figure in Latin American literature. The works of this Argentinian writer are known for their erudition, for their non-linear narratives, for their magical realism, for making the reader doubt if the … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: David Ferry’s Bewilderment

A few days I go I shared a translation of a Horatian Ode translated by David Ferry. I’ve been able to interact with Ferry in a few ways: we studied his translation of Gilgamesh in BU’s Core Curriculum, and I … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Eugene Onegin

Today’s selection will be accessed somewhat circuitously. I’ve chosen a stanza from Chapter 3 of the great Russian novel-in-verse, Eugene Onegin, written by the poet Alexander Pushkin. There are a few lyrical poets that are baller enough to create their … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Prufrock

Today’s selection is an extract from T. S. Eliot‘s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” This modernist work meanders through musings, fears, and doubts; it is what Eliot called a “drama of literary anguish” (source below). The entire poem … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Horace

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known to us as Horace, was a Roman lyric poet. His life and work dates from the tumultuous period of 65 to 8 BC, a significant period of varying levels of political stability in which Rome shifted … Continue reading

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Clive James: Brilliant Critic, Poet, and Translator

Clive James is an Australian author, scholar, broadcaster, and memoirist. I first heard of him through a rather tragic lens, as he was enthusiastically endorsed on the Slate Culture Gabfest by Johann Hari, who also mentioned James’ terminal health and … Continue reading

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