Posts Tagged ‘John Keats’

  • Is Shakespeare All That?

    Is Shakespeare All That?

    April 23rd, 2017 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    On this day (April 23, 1564) was born the greatest poet the world has ever known. The following is a repost from an excellent question I once received: Dear Ray Harvey: Is Shakespeare all that? — Slo Readuh Dear Slo Readuh: No, he’s not all that. He’s all that and more. It’s impossible to overstate […]

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  • The Grasshopper and the Cricket

    September 17th, 2014 | Poetry | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    On December 30th, 1816, the English poet Leigh Hunt challenged his twenty-one-year-old friend John Keats to a sonnet-writing contest. The subject-matter, they both agreed, would be “the grasshopper and cricket.” They gave each other fifteen minutes to complete their poems, and this is what they came up with: On the Grasshopper and Cricket — by […]

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  • Stylists And Stylization

    Stylists And Stylization

    March 8th, 2012 | Art | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    It’s been said that a true artist doesn’t ever lose sight of reality: she stylizes it. It’s been also noted that a good painting often looks more real than reality itself. The reason both of these things are true is that art — which includes literature — is selectivity. Selectivity is the process of choosing […]

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  • Weirdies, Eccentrics, Geniuses, and Suicide Girls

    August 8th, 2011 | Literary trivia, Quotes | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Charles Baudelaire spent two hours a day getting dressed. When Edgar Allen Poe married his cousin Virginia, he was twenty-seven, and she was thirteen. And consumptive. The genius poet-priest Gerard Manley Hopkins wanted to change his name to Pook Tunks. Robert Frost had only five poems accepted in his first seventeen years of writing and […]

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  • Lice In The Locks Of Literature (And Other Curious Quotations)

    Lice In The Locks Of Literature (And Other Curious Quotations)

    July 16th, 2011 | Literature, Quotes | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    The fact is, I did not eat every day during that period of my life. Said the surrealist Andre Breton, explaining the possible provenance of some of his strange and early literature. They rowed her in across the rolling foam — The cruel, crawling foam — to her grave beside the sea. Wrote the English […]

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