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Rhymes and Couplets in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens and Alexander Pope

When editing T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land,” Ezra Pound expresses his distaste for the original introduction to “The Fire Sermon” by crossing out Eliot’s rhyming couplets and writing a cryptic note in the margins: “Too loose… rhyme drags it … Continue reading

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Bridges and Barriers between Chinese and English: Maxine Hong Kingston’s use of (Foreign?) Language in China Men

Not knowing your people’s language, in the harshest consequence, meant excommunication from God.  “Language is much like a body limb,” his grandfather had said.  “A physical facet that speaks for the soul, the all-important shadow in its privileged journey.”  Any … Continue reading

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Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” – Playing “with a twisted cue and elliptical billiard balls?”

From the moment one lays eyes on the actors and introductory scene of The Mikado, its absurdity leaps out on stage and declares itself outright.  English actors, garbed in traditional Japanese clothing, dance on stage with regal gestures and sing … Continue reading

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Cathay: Ezra Pound’s “Re-Creation” of Chinese Poetry

Ezra Pound’s Gadfly Signature [1] As for Cathay, it must be pointed out that Pound is the inventor of Chinese poetry for our time.   I suspect that every age has had, and will have, the same illusion concerning translations, an … Continue reading

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Phone Lines – Past, Present, and Future: The Poetry of Mary Jo Salter in A Phone Call to the Future

“Wake up Call” – An Introduction to Salter’s Poetry Throughout A Phone Call to the Future, Mary Jo Salter has created a delicate architecture in the ordering of her poetry.  Sometimes this ordering strings together individual poems, as when the … Continue reading

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