By Philip Levine
The foundation for the identify poem of Philip Levine's A stroll with Tom Jefferson is now not the founding father and 3rd president of the us that almost all readers could think upon listening to the identify. Levine's Tom Jefferson is sort of various from his namesake: he's an African American dwelling in a destitute sector of business Detroit. yet to Levine, he's "wise, compassionate, planned, honest...a nice unknown American." In A stroll with Tom Jefferson, Philip Levine reminds us why he's top identified for his poems approximately working-class lifestyles in Detroit--and why such a lot of humans count number a Levine poem between their favorites.
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49 Lucy Binding is greatly informative about Victorian flogging practices in ‘The Pleasures and Pains of Flogging’ chapter of her The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late NineteenthCentury English Culture (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2000), 240–274. 50 Elisabeth W Schneider’s wonderfully informative article on Victorian form, especially Hopkins’s, ‘Sprung Rhythm: A Chapter in the Evolution of Nineteenth-Century Verse’, describes ‘something like a stampede of anapaestic verse after about 1850’: PMLA, 80, no.
Once only, as far as I know, in Dr Hawtrey’s delicate and fluent verse, has the riddle been resolved; the verses are faultless, are English; are hexametric; but this is simply a graceful interlude of pastime, a well-played stroke in a game of skill played with language. Such as pass elsewhere for English hexameters I do hope and suppose impossible at Eton. 52 Impossible at Eton. Especially under the strong tutelary hand of the Reverend Doctor Edward Craven Hawtrey, bit-part translator of Homer, successively Headmaster and Provost of Eton College in Swinburne’s time there.
57 John Haffenden, William Empson, Vol I, Among the Mandarins (Oxford University Press, Oxford), 87. John Haffenden, ed, Selected Letters of William Empson (Oxford University Press, Oxford), 468–469. indd 24 5/11/2011 11:39:11 PM Words, Words, Words and More Words 25 When Swinburne comes off he is a very full and direct writer; it is no use saying these verses show interest in mere sound, or pattern of verbal cadence. It would be true, perhaps, to say that he feels it more important to keep up his effect of texture than that, in any particular case, the meanings, the chord of associations, should come through.
A Walk with Jefferson by Philip Levine