Tag Archives: Poetry

1793: With Jocund Music Charm his Ear

Henry Fuseli: The Shepherd’s Dream, from “Paradise Lost” (1793) The “shepherd’s dream” in Paradise Lost (1667) is an extended simile that Milton uses at the end of Book I after Satan and his fallen angels have lost in their first … Continue reading

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1890: That Kind of Day

Gustave Moreau: A Dead Poet being Carried by a Centaur (c. 1890)

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1914: Honour Has Come Back, as a King, to Earth

Harry Clarke: “Honour has come back, as a king, to earth,” illustration for Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Dead” in The Year’s at the Spring; an Anthology of Recent Poetry (1920). The poem was first published in 1914, in the autumn … Continue reading

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1922: Dada for All

L’optimisme dévoilé pour: les thés mondains les fabricants de boîtes d’allumettes l’ennui d’argent une nuit d’ordre supérieur un cylindre d’azote couvert d’un chapeau haut-de-forme un philosophe tombé dans les plaisirs des cascades vierges un beau paysage alpin avec la lune … Continue reading

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1895: Tentacles of the City

This is the beginning of “La plaine,” the poem that opens Emile Verhaeren’s 1895 book of poems, Les villes tentaculaires [The Tentacled Cities]. The cover is by Théo van Rysselberghe (source). I couldn’t find a translation online, so I did the … Continue reading

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1913: Inez

Inez Milholland preparing to lead the great march for women’s suffrage: March 3, 1913 (source). As a student at Vassar, Inez Milholland enrolled two-thirds of the students in the fight for women’s suffrage and socialism; she was also the captain … Continue reading

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1806: Blessed Among the Blessed

In the third canto of the Paradiso, Dante has arrived in the lowest sphere of Heaven with his guide Beatrice, who has just given him a long lecture about the origin of spots on the moon. There, he sees just … Continue reading

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