Sir John Suckling – 6 ( “The Deformed Mistress”)
December 14, 2017
Allen’s notes on John Suckling continue and conclude AG: And then the last…  then there are two other poems that are worth checking out – “The Deformed Mistress” ( this is written by[…]
James Shirley – 1
June 8, 2017
AG: Then the next death poem is this great thing by James Shirley which we have in our agenda, page three-hundred, which… this poem is one of my top ten in the English language for really beautiful cadence, for sharpness and abruptness and clarity of idea, and for interesting[…]
Shakespeare (Sonnet 144 and 152)
January 25, 2017
AG: So, where do we go from there?. Here’s one that’s totally disillusioned. Sonnet 144 – It’s the one that was..later on.. (They’re) talking about the two loves, the dark lady and the boyfriend – “Two loves I have of comfort and despair” (It’s not in the book so I’m just reading[…]
Shakespeare (Sonnet 35)
January 10, 2017
Allen Ginsberg on Shakespeare’s Sonnets (continuing from here) No more be griev’d at that which thou hast done: Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud, Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun, And loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud. All men make faults, and even I in this, Authorizing thy trespass[…]
From The Elizabethan Songbook (Breath & Air)
December 20, 2016
Student: Yeats wrote a poem called “The Cap and Bells” AG: Well (W.B.) Yeats did.. (that’s more) Irish..This is Cap and Bells too. I just (give you) that – but I wanted to get back into the breath into the open[…]
Campion – “Follow Thy Fair Sun…”
September 8, 2016
Thomas Campion (1567-1620) AG: So the next one that he (Thomas Campion) has is  “Follow Thy.. Sun Unhappy Shadow” (Norton (anthology) page 225, it’s the page before, in the Norton, it begins at the bottom of page 225 ) – Do you know what it… does anyone know how to sing that?[…]
Auden’s “The Age of Anxiety”
December 21, 2015
W.H.Auden (1907-1973) Allen, continuing with his “Basic Poetics” class at Naropa – January 7, 1980 AG: So Auden – W.H.Auden, the… who, incidentally, it was his anthology that I was reading from originally – the… it’s the first thing in his five-volume anthology of English poetry, poetry of the English language (which[…]
Lyke Wake Dirge – 1
November 24, 2015
AG: And then the next one, the Lie-Awake Dirge  the Lyke Wake Dirge – the Lie-Awake Dirge  – “the night watch kept over a corpse”. So this is really the… this is really a great powerful (one). Does anybody know this (from) before – Lyke Wake Dirge – “This ae night..” Has[…]
Early English Poems (Piers Plowman and The Seafarer)
October 19, 2015
                                                      AG: You know I’m beginning this whole course, which is a survey in English language poetry, in reverse, by reading you the latest, the cream of the latest, rather than just begin a little with Shakespeare. Well, next time, you might start reading[…]
Kenneth Koch Q and A continued
October 18, 2015
Kenneth Koch Q & A from 1979 continues KK:  Maybe we should have some more questions. What would you like me to tell you about? Student: What do you at Columbia? KK: I teach three courses there. I’m a regular Professor. I[…]