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“There fell upon the ear the most terrible noise that human beings ever listened to – the cries of hundreds of people struggling in the icy cold water, crying for help with a cry we knew could not be answered.” – Ruth, Titanic survivor

On the night of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic of the White Star Line hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank, killing 1,517 people, due to not enough lifeboats for all the passengers (and numerous other perfect-storm … Continue reading

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Today in history, February 21, 1907

W.H. Auden was born in York, England. Two pieces of advice for writers from Mr. Auden: To keep his errors down to a minimum, the internal Censor to whom a poet submits his work in progress should be a Censorate. … Continue reading

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Mr. Hardy Regrets

A poor unsuspecting clergyman (a Dr. Grosart) wrote to Thomas Hardy and asked his opinion on how the horrors of life could be reconciled with God’s goodness. He obviously expected a sympathetic ear, or at least a concession to his … Continue reading

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Island snapshots

— “He had a way of making a simple walk down a country lane into a Grand Adventure.” — Patricia Flynn, on her husband Errol’s acting ability — Thomas Hardy bums me out, man. But I love him. Also, when … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” – Thomas Hardy

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Volume 1: Modern Poetry, edited by Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O’Clair One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Hardy in regards to writing is something I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Alfred Lord Tennyson

Well, Tennyson came up last night, as we sat talking over wine and cheese, in a conversation we were having about poets we loved. We also discussed politics, morons, reading, acting, the new production of Hair in Central Park, resumes, … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: W.H. Auden

April is National Poetry Month. I’ll lead off here with my favorite poem, one I come back to again and again and again …At times, it’s been a life raft. I’m sad right now. I’m sad about so many things. … Continue reading

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The Books: “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” (Thomas Hardy)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Penguin Classics) – by Thomas Hardy. Tess is one of those books I was forced to read in high school. Unlike Tale of 2 Cities or The Great Gatsby I did … Continue reading

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Poe

Thomas Hardy taught me to like Edgar Allan Poe, and Poe taught me about those ‘Mimes in the form of God on high, blind prophets that come and go.’ —John Cowper Powys

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“commonplace”

What a commonplace genius he has; or a genius for the commonplace. — DH Lawrence on Thomas Hardy, 1928

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