Category Archives: Poets’ Corner

The Lobster Quadrille, by Lewis Carroll (1865)

     Except for an exhausting hour and a half spent in an overheated classroom trying to interest my students in the Civil Rights Movement, I’ve had the refrain from “The Lobster Quadrille” stuck in my head all day long (to … Continue reading

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An Evening at the Opéra de Paris

     The greatest pleasure of living in Paris, in my view, is not having every shop I could possibly wish for within reach of only a few metro stops, or taking a Sunday stroll in the Tuileries or along the … Continue reading

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Andrew Marvell and The Serpent’s Kiss

     A few days ago I watched “The Serpent’s Kiss”, a 1997 film directed by Philippe Rousselot. A story about the creation of a seventeenth-century garden could not fail to be appealing to me. The cast, too, seemed very promising: a … Continue reading

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When the Poets Speak

     I finally satisfied my desire for poetry, though the two (very different) volumes I ordered have nothing to do with the Confederation Poets I so eagerly looked for a few weeks ago.      Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936) was the … Continue reading

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