Tag Archives: T.S.Eliot

‘Oumuamua and identity

‘Oumuamua was a new word for me. It means scout or messenger in Hawaiian, and was given to the first object we’re certain to have come from beyond our own solar system. Wikipedia says it is a reddish object around 230 … Continue reading

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Is John Keats a natural poet?

‘If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all.’ John Keats, Hampstead Feb 27th 1818, Letter to John Taylor. Keats wrote this ‘axiom’ in a letter to his friend John Taylor … Continue reading

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An afterthought on the T.S. Eliot Prize readings

Snapping up a ticket offered to me by my more organised pal Robin Houghton, I was lucky enough to get to hear the work of the ten shortlisted poets for this year’s T.S. Eliot awards in the capacious Royal Festival Hall. … Continue reading

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How I stopped being a genius

Let me tell you that until the age of 29 I was a tortured genius.To help other people understand this, I lived in a squalid bedsit. I was also permanently unhealthy in that way typical of geniuses, and I spent … Continue reading

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Coleridge and Dejection

Re-reading T.S.Eliot’s the Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, specifically his essay about Wordsworth and Coleridge. Here Eliot makes a memorable assessment of Coleridge. …for a few years he (Coleridge) had been visited by the Muse (I know … Continue reading

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