A Eulogy…….

The internet is truly a wonderful thing. I came across a most peculiar book – The Early Civilization of China  by an Arthur Coterill. In it he tells a rather odd story.  “A most distinguished scholar died and found himself standing before the King of the Underworld. When the monarch accidentally …

namby pamby……….

  During the 18th century, Ambrose Philips was a fellow of St Johns College, Cambridge, and in addition gained some recognition as a poet. But his poetic style and political affiliations (he was a Whig) incurred the wrath of the musician and poet Henry Carey (who wrote ‘Sally in our Alley’ and was possibly …

Let`s hear it for Horace…..

  Quintus Horatius Flaccus aka Horace was probably the world`s first autobiographer. He tells us far more about himself, his character, his peculiar foibles, and his way of life than any other great poet in antiquity. A firm believer in the ” Life is brief and death is coming, so …

What the f*** is a Pathetic fallacy

This a phrase coined by the chaetophobic (more about this in a later blog) critic and essayist John Ruskin , to call attention to the tendency on the part of second-rate poets (surely not me) to attribute to nature the emotions and motivations of human beings…….. clouds seem sullen,  leaves …

Clues and Labyrinths…

  “How vainly men themselves amaze…………” Old meanings are confusing enough without shoving two into a line, yet that is exactly what Andrew Marvell did without a flicker of compunction in the opening line of The Garden. The modern reader would be almost excused for thinking that narcissistic men are …