Novels have hurt me. Stories have punctured my skeptical skin. Essays have made me rethink the world. But a melancholic poem shatters me.
A well-placed poem can remind us that our existences are, cosmically, equally as brief as these 15 lines.
'Spring and Fall,' written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in September, 1880, and collected in his Poems and Prose, is the saddest poem ever written.
“Why do some poets perform as though they had just come to in a bad dream?” Reflecting on the gap between page and stage in American poetry today.
On this night exactly one century ago, three men who would become noted poets of the Great War - Siegfried Sassoon, Osbert Sitwell, and Edward Thomas - happened to attend the same London premier of the Ballets Russes’ La Légende de Josephe at the Royal Theatre.