Topics Romanticism and Nineteenth Century

American Authors

Christopher Columbus’s initial description of the Americas featured rivers of gold and man-eating monsters. From the moment colonists and conquistadors first encountered its endless frontiers, abundant nature, and alien cultures,…

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Modern Poetry

After a period of great disruption –war, pandemic, plague, fire, loss– or after a state of exception, “someone” (as the poet Wislawa Szymborsks says)  “has to clean up the mess.” …

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Studies in Poetry

What motivates a poet to set down his or her life story in verse, and how does one do so? To what extent does the aim to tell the authentic…

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