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A Few Thoughts about Music, Story, and the Death of Poetry inspired by Jonathan Swift

One of the talks I will be giving in July in Charleston at the Circe National Conference is about Jonathan Swift’s critique of Modernity. His insights into the problems caused by the modern world are profound and surprisingly relevant even three hundred years later. In a very simplified nutshell: Swift saw that the modern world …

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Tradition and the Individual Talent: Or, TS Eliot Shares My Love of Dead Poets

I was recently talking with a new friend of mine about art and tradition and the role of the poet—like I do—and he recommended to me an essay that had influenced his understanding of all of those things, “Tradition and the Individual Talent” (1921) by TS Eliot. I’ve been a longtime admirer of TS Eliot …

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Heat & Light: How to Read Poetry Classically

Someone recently asked me what it means to read poetry classically. As I’ve been mulling over this question, I’ve been reading Andrew Louth’s book Discerning the Mystery which explores the legacy of the Enlightenment, in particular its definition of truth, and the legitimacy of the humanities’ unique way of apprehending it. It raises questions such …

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