What are you working on? (Michael O’Neill)
We asked Michael O’Neill, of the University of Durham, “What are you working on?”
I have been working on a number of things, all connected with my wish to write on poems that I admire and to explore why I think they are impressive. Most of these projects have appeared in essay form: forthcoming pieces include an essay on “Adonais” and poetic power, a wide-ranging survey of poetic forms and Romanticism for Nicholas Roe’s new OUP volume on Romanticism, further work on Beddoes, an essay on the legacy of Romanticism in the work of twentieth-century poets, especially Crane, Stevens, Yeats, and Bishop, an essay on Shelley’s translation of the Symposium that seeks to explore its qualities as a “prose poem,” some essays on Byron (including a piece on Beppo), and an essay on “Madness in poetry from Shelley to Plath.” What I’m trying to work towards is a book on Romanticism and its Poetic Legacy.