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Coriolanus
3.65
I'm told Coriolanus, the person, is unlikeable, but I happen to like him. I don't even think he's a right-wing bastard, just shy, awkward and misunder...more
not set
Feb 12, 2012
 
Poems and Ballads
4.26
As the lost white feverish limbs
Of the Lesbian Sappho, adrift
In foam where the sea-weed swims,
Swam loose for the seas to lift...


This is typical: it ha...more
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Oct 06, 2013
 
Idylls of the King
3.92
As usual, I thought right up there the short story of Balin, who is to blame for his own tragedy ('My violences, my violences!').

Darker than I had ex...more
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Dec 13, 2012
 
The Caedmon Treasury of Modern Poets Reading Their Own Poetry
5.00
My cousins got me the CDs. Go cousins. Aside from the inconvenience of no play list in the packaging -- you have to look at the CDs themselves, and th...more
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Jun 02, 2014
 
Salome
3.69
Great fan of the opera (Richard Strauss). I read the play against the libretto and found not much left out. Salome is an innocent, not a monster.
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Feb 04, 2014
 
Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Hebrew Poems
4.00
With a caravan of cloths I left Sistan
with cloths spun from the heart, woven from the soul
cloths made of a silk which is called Word
cloths designed by
...more
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Feb 24, 2014
 
Monks, Bandits, Lovers, and Immortals: Eleven Early Chinese Plays
4.14
These translators win: for me the highly lyrical ‘A Lone Goose in Autumn over the Palaces of Han’ achieves real poetry. It’s a historical love & d...more
May 05, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
 
The Death of Tragedy
4.14
I'll have to read this again before I can review, but he became my God of critics. Even though you might despair when you believe/know that tragedy is...more
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Jan 29, 2012
 
Poems and Ballads and Atalanta in Calydon
4.34
As the lost white feverish limbs
Of the Lesbian Sappho, adrift
In foam where the sea-weed swims,
Swam loose for the seas to lift...


This is typical: it ha...more
not set
Mar 10, 2013
 
The Two Noble Kinsmen
3.33
A tragedy of friendship - friendship ruined by love.

I came to this through Harold Bloom. He quotes Emilia on her dead girlhood friend, a speech which...more
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Feb 12, 2012
 
Songs Before Sunrise
4.46
His second book of verse. A Swinburne site warns me there was a great shift of focus from his first, Poems and Ballads, into political verse: “condemn...more
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Mar 09, 2013
 
The Complete Poems
4.16
A poet/philosopher in the libertine/desperately sceptical tradition. Maybe less philosophical than others and filthier. Filthy verse to tell you about...more
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Apr 04, 2013
 
Cymbeline
3.52
Is this the danger of watching first? I'd never read Cymbeline before I saw the BBC TV version with Helen Mirren three times, and I'm doing nothing bu...more
Sep 28, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
 
Othello (The Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)
3.86
Has been my favourite Sh play. I love Othello himself in a way I don't any other of his tragic heroes. Hamlet you identify with, but Othello is given...more
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Mar 08, 2012
 
The Works of Algernon Charles Swinburne
3.93
I love Swinburne. I memorised most of 'Anactoria', 300 lines of Sappho being sadistic and blasphemous:

Cruel? But love makes that all that love him we...more
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Feb 25, 2012
 
Such Is My Love: A Study of Shakespeare's Sonnets
3.75
This was amusing. Scholars have gone into contortions to avoid or confute the blindingly obvious fact that Shakespeare wrote love sonnets to a guy. Th...more
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Mar 19, 2013
 
Penthesilea: A Tragic Drama
3.86
Lurid. The Amazons irupt into the Greek and Trojan battle, and fight both, without explanation. They are come to capture mates. Queen Penthesilea sets...more
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Mar 08, 2012
 
A.C. Swinburne: A Poet's Life (Nineteenth Century (Aldershot, England).)
3.50
Here's Swinburne being championed -- by a songwriter. From description I want this bad, but can't find a cheap secondhand. It's a short biography to s...more
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Mar 09, 2013
 
Don Juan
3.79
Gets better and better as it goes along, until I nearly tore out my hair when we come to an abrupt stop, just as he works up to ----

Most loved for his...more
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Oct 11, 2013
 
The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel
4.28
---on pause in book five---

I didn't know about this. His Christ Recrucified was a big thing for me, to a lesser extent Freedom or Death.
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Oct 13, 2013
 
The Ring and the Book
3.94
Quite liked I and II. But I won't love this poem, and why don't I spend the time on poets more me?
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Jan 31, 2013
 
Doctor Faustus and Other Plays, Parts 1-2
3.93
Tie between Tamburlaine and The Jew of Malta.
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Jun 11, 2012
 
Selected Writings
4.24
None
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Apr 07, 2012
 
The Complete Poems
4.25
None
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Mar 08, 2012
 
The Complete Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
4.30
None
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Mar 08, 2012
 
Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson
4.30
None
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Mar 08, 2012
 
The Complete Poems
4.24
None
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Mar 08, 2012
 
Poetry and Prose
4.04
None
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Mar 08, 2012
 
Complete Writings with Variant Readings
4.23
None
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Mar 08, 2012
 
The Complete Poems
3.96
None
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Mar 08, 2012
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