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John Lennard (born 1964) read English at New College, Oxford, took an MA at Washington University in St Louis, and a DPhil. back at New College. After teaching for the Open University and the University of London, he was Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, from 1991-8, and Professor of British and American Literature at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, from 2004-09. He is now a freelance academic and writer and general editor of Humanities-Ebooks' Genre Fiction Sightlines and Monographs series.

Besides almost all books, he likes cats, cricket, mountains and forests, architecture, punctuation (and its peculiar history), red wine, honky-tonk piano, blues and folk, rugs, knots, jigsaws, crosswo...more


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This is the text of the paper I gave at the one-day conference on Lois McMaster Bujold held at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK) on 20 August 2014. There may be a published proceedings by the by ; in the meantime ...


Absent Gods, Absent Catastrophes : The Sharing Knife and The Lord of the Rings


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Recall the cold
Of Towton on Palm Sunday before dawn,
Wakefield, Tewkesbury : fastidious trumpets
Shrilling into the ruck ; some trampled
Acres, parched, sodden or blanched by sleet,
Stuck with strange-postured dead. Recall the wind's
Flurrying, darkness over the human mire.
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The toad beneath the harrow knows
Where every separate tooth-point goes ;
The butterfly upon the road
Preaches contentment to that toad.
Rudyard Kipling
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“Punctuation is to words as cartilage is to bone, permitting articulation and bearing stress.”
John Lennard, The Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism

“Punctuation is to words as cartilage is to bone, permitting articulation and bearing stress.”
John Lennard, The Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism

“Closure is bullshit.”
James Ellroy

“There's this to say of love and breath --
They give a man a taste for death.”
A.E. Housman

“Punctuation is the pragmatics of written language.”
M.B. Parkes, Pause and Effect: Punctuation in the West

“The toad beneath the harrow knows
Where every separate tooth-point goes ;
The butterfly upon the road
Preaches contentment to that toad.”
Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse




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