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Caroline Bergvall's Commentary on Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Mont Blanc"

Caroline Bergvall's Commentary on the Performance of "Mont Blanc"

For some inexplicable reason, on the day of the recording we found ourselves without a copy of Shelley's "Mont Blanc." We quickly downloaded one from some online Shelley site. Only much later and far too late did we discover that two lines were missing. You'll find them [bracketed] in this full text.

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Patrick Donnelly's Commentary on John Keats's "This Living Hand"

Patrick Donnelly on Keats's "This Living Hand"

My treasured, battered copy of The Norton Anthology of English Literature (which my mother used in grad school, and passed on to me when I began my own MFA study) says that John Keats's poem "This Living Hand" was "found written in the margin of a page of Keats's unfinished satire The Cap and Bells, and commonly assumed to have been addressed to Fanny Brawne."

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Rachel Contreni Flynn's Commentary on William Blake's "A Divine Image"

Rachel Contreni Flynn's Commentary on William Blake's "A Divine Image"

The structure of this poem fascinates me. Its lines are "butterflied":—the two stanzas unfold from the stanza break to describe increasingly "inner" aspects of humanity (dress, form, face, and heart). For me, this structure suggests Christ on the Cross, and the logic in these few lines is forceful and compelling.

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