A Brief Anthology of English Lyric

Allen at Naropa on “Basic Poetics” continuing from here
AG: So we’ll go back to Edmund Waller or do a bit more of (John) Milton. But I would like to get to Edmund Waller for a while, for a brief while. Is that alright? Is that… “Go, lovely rose”  (on page three-oh-five). And I’ll read that, and see how it works. I think of all the little lyrics we’ve gone over, this was the one like “Ask Me No More..” and “scepter and crown” (“Ask me no more..” was Carew)  – “Scepter and crown/Must crumble down/ And … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics – 42 (Ben Jonson)

[Ben Jonson (1572-1637) – portrait by Abraham Bleyenberch (c.1617), oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, London]

AG: I want to move on to Ben Jonson, who’s not so read as a poet among lowbrows like ourselves. On a little elegy on his first son, who died. A few little poems of Jonson. What I’m following now are, like, those rests or caesuras or the time. I’m reading poets for their good time, or for the lyric poets that I am reading, (all) have a very sweet sense of rest in-between words, or little gaps in-between words which are … Read More

Spontaneous Poetics – 39 (Reading List 10) (Shakespeare and Webster)

[The Shepherd (1886) – Edward Frederick Brewtnall ( 1846-1902)] 

AG: I wanted to get on to.. having run through all this (reading list)..to go back slower, just in case people don’t know a couple of the Shakespeare songs. From “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, there’s one poem, a “Song”, that combines song with absolute precise detail, which is, I think, a model for any kind of poetry, whether free verse or formed, formalistic.. – [Allen begins reading – “When Isciles hang by the wall, And Dicke the Shepheard blows his nail..”] – It’s just “And Dicke the Shepheard blows … Read More

History of Poetry – 4 (George Peele, Thomas Nashe, Samuel Daniel)

[Thomas Nashe (1567-1601) in a satirical contemporary pamphlet, depicted in leg irons, c.1597]
Allen Ginsberg’s 1975 Naropa Institute “History of Poetry”  lecture series continues from here
AG: (A) little tiny song by George Peele I’m reading these because I guess half the class doesn’t know these things which, in former days, were considered touchstones of English literary poetry, or , what was the word, you know, standard exquisiteness, exquisities, or something –
“When as the Rie reach to the chin,/ And chopcherrie chopcherrie ripe within,/ Strawberries swimming in the creame,/ And schoole boyes playing in the streame;/ Then O, … Read More