Michael Field: The Poet

“Michael Field” was the literary pseudonym of two women, Katharine Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece Edith Cooper (1862-1913). The women were poets, playwrights, diarist, and lovers who lived and wrote together during the final decades of the nineteenth century up to World War I. Their arresting poetry has recently gained them a place in the canon, and their extensive engagement with other writers puts them at the centre of fin de si...

Eugenio Montale - Satura

"Satura" è l'opera più sorprendente di Eugenio Montale. Uscita nel 1971, spiazzò i lettori dei suoi tre libri precedenti, mostrando la vitalità di un poeta che, a settantacinque anni, era diventato ormai un classico indiscusso della letteratura italiana. La rottura col passato è netta: non ci sono qui né la scabra concisione elegiaca degli "Ossi di seppia" (1925-28), né la tragicità modernista delle "Occasioni" (1939), né ancora l'es...

Ovid, Ars Amatoria Book 3

In all of ancient literature there is nothing quite like the Ars Amatoria, Ovid's guide to seduction. He devotes Book 3 to teaching the women of Augustan Rome how to find, catch, and keep a male lover. Along with generous portions of wit and absurdity, his text contains a wealth of cultural references, highlighting Rome's architecture, theatres, gladiatorial spectacles, temples, baths, men's and women's clothing, hairstyles, cosmetic...

Digital Poetics

In this revolutionary and highly original work, poet-scholar Glazier investigates the ways in which computer technology has influenced and transformed the writing and dissemination of poetry. In Digital Poetics, Loss Glazier argues that the increase in computer technology and accessibility, specifically the World Wide Web, has created a new and viable place for the writing and dissemination of poetry. Glazier's work not only introduc...

Hsin-Hsin Ming: Verses on the Faith-Mind

“The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.”—Seng-t’san The Hsin Hsin Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind by Seng-t’san, the third Chinese patriarch of Zen, is considered to be the first Chinese Zen document. Lucidly translated here by Richard B. Clark, it remains one of the most widely-admired and elegant of Zen writings, and is as relevant today as it was when it was written. In a world where stress seems unavoida...

Tyrants Writing Poetry

As conventional understanding would have it, the sometimes brutal business of governing can only be carried out at the price of distance from art, while poetic beauty best fl ourishes at a distance from actions executed at the pole of power. Dramatically contradicting this idea is the fact that violent rulers are often the greatest friends of art, and indeed draw attention to themselves as artists. Why do tyrants of all people often ...

Holderlin, Kleist, and Nietzsche

This is the second volume in a trilogy in which Stefan Zweig builds a composite picture of the European mind through intellectual portraits selected from among its most representative and influential figures. In Hölderlin, Kleist, and Nietzsche, Zweig concentrates on three giants of German literature to portray the artist and thinker as a figure possessed by a powerful inner vision at odds with the materialism and scientific positivi...

Charles Bukowski - So benissimo quanto ho peccato

C'è qualcosa, nella poesia di Charles Bukowski, che seduce e coinvolge immediatamente il lettore, immergendolo lentamente dentro il mondo che il poeta descrive e da cui non gli permetterà più di uscire. È un grido di dolore soffocato ma ben udibile, sono immagini di povertà ed emarginazione e di possibili riscatti; ma forse, più di tutto, è l'umanità che da questi versi traspare, sempre e comunque: nel suo ritmo in superficie prosast...

Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Liberal Thought: Forms of Freedom

This book explores the relationship between nineteenth-century poetry and liberal philosophy. It carries out a reassessment of the aesthetic possibilities of liberalism and it considers the variety of ways that poetry by William Wordsworth, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arthur Hugh Clough, George Meredith, Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold and Algernon Charles Swinburne responds to and participates in urgent philosophical, social and pol...

Beginning at the End

During the struggle for decolonization, Frantz Fanon argued that artists who mimicked European aestheticism were “beginning at the end,” skipping the inventive phase of youth for a decadence thought more typical of Europe’s declining empires. Robert Stilling takes up Fanon’s assertion to argue that decadence became a key idea in postcolonial thought, describing both the failures of revolutionary nationalism and the assertion of new c...