Monthly Archives: June 2017

Donne’s Unearthly Lovers

Let me start this blog off by proclaiming how much I love John Donne’s poetry. Beyond the beauty of his verse, his poems are just brilliantly intricate. He is able to take love poetry and turn it into an intellectual … Continue reading

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A Priest, a Maypole, and Paganism!

  If you are looking for a poet who celebrates sexuality, none can really top Robert Herrick (1591-1674). Despite being an Anglican priest, he wrote about giving up drinking and then falling back off the wagon (“His Farewell to Sack,” … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Henry V – Creation of a National Hero

Let’s start by pointing out that Henry V is the last play in Shakespeare’s second Henriad, the tetralogy of plays dealing with four monarch – Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard III.  The second Henriad, which … Continue reading

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Marie de France

Marie de France was a 12th Century author who wrote between roughly 1160 and 1215 and is consider the pinnacle of Anglo-Norman literature. We know so little about her life that scholars aren’t quite sure which Marie she is. We … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Frame Story: Chaucer sets up his collection of stories as his chance meeting in tavern Southwark, where in he encounters 29 pilgrims on their way to Canterbury and the shrine to St. Thomas a Beckett, the Archbishop Canterbury (1163-1170) murdered … Continue reading

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