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How to Read Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney

The closing episode of Season 2 is about two giants of late-20th-century poetry: the Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. We’ll read Heaney’s “Punishment,” Hughes’s “Hawk Roosting” and “The Thought-Fox,” and...
From: Michael Ullyot on 9 Apr 2021

How to Read Philip Larkin

Analyses of four poems about time and change by the midcentury poet Philip Larkin. In “Church Going,” “An Arundel Tomb,” “The Trees,” and “This be the Verse,” there’s a sense of continuity tinged with melancholy: things survive and renew,...
From: Michael Ullyot on 2 Apr 2021

How to Read Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

An introduction to Waiting for Godot (1954), by the Franco-Irish novelist, playwright, Nobel laureate, and nihilist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). This is a play in which nothing happens, twice — as the critic Vivian Mercier memorably wrote.  In this...
From: Michael Ullyot on 26 Mar 2021

How to Read Dylan Thomas

Readings and analysis of the three best-known poems by the Anglo-Welsh poet: “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower,” “Fern Hill,” and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.”  For my annotation and analysis of “In My...
From: Michael Ullyot on 20 Mar 2021

How to Read W. H. Auden

Three poems about death, war, suffering, and other cheery 20th-century subjects by the Anglo-internationalist poet Wystan Hugh Auden: the elegy “Funeral Blues,”  and the ekphrastic or descriptive poems “Musée des Beaux Arts,” and “The Shield...
From: Michael Ullyot on 13 Mar 2021

How to Read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse

An introduction to the twentieth century’s most beautiful novel — with a simple plot but an astonishingly complex, even disorienting style. Ten characters spend two ordinary days, ten years apart, at a summer cottage in the western isles of...
From: Michael Ullyot on 5 Mar 2021

How to Read W. B. Yeats

Readings and interpretations of four poems by the Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats: the rustic simplicity of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”; the tender regret of “When You Are Old”; the evocative weariness of “Adam’s...
From: Michael Ullyot on 27 Feb 2021

How to Read Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

The novel of a beautiful young English aristocrat whose painted portrait ages and declines while he himself stays eternally young, exhibiting no outward signs of his inward moral decay. 
From: Michael Ullyot on 19 Feb 2021

How to Read Alfred Tennyson

Readings and analysis of three poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson — “Mariana,” “The Lady of Shalott,” and “Ulysses” — that fall into two categories: the lives of women sequestered from a hostile or indifferent...
From: Michael Ullyot on 6 Feb 2021

How to Read John Keats

Readings and analysis of two poems, “To Autumn” and “The Eve of St. Agnes,” whose sensual richness and beauty counter the antipathies and harsh frigidity of their surrounding worlds. They underscore Keats’s claim that “I...
From: Michael Ullyot on 29 Jan 2021

Why Fear Astrology?

A recent “The Morning” Newsletter from the NY Times suggested seven podcasts about science for those “trying to learn more about the wonders of science.” Among other pressing wonders of science, these podcasts will let us know...
From: Darin Hayton on 28 Jan 2021

How to Read William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This episode reads Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” and Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” in the context of Romantic poetry. We start with Coleridge’s vision in which “images rose up before him as things,” before...
From: Michael Ullyot on 22 Jan 2021

How to Read Alexander Pope and Anne Finch

The first episode of Season 2 is about two poets in an early-18th-century battle of wits: Alexander Pope, the first professional poet in English; and Anne Finch, an aristocratic poet who rebutted Pope’s attack on women writers.
From: Michael Ullyot on 16 Jan 2021

How to Read John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Books 10-1

The grand finale of Milton’s epic: in which we learn the consequences of the fall for Adam and Eve — but also for Satan, Sin, Death, the Son of God, and every human being from the Garden of Eden to the Last Judgement.
From: Michael Ullyot on 30 Nov 2020

How to Read John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Book 9

The climax of Milton’s epic poem, in which Satan — spoiler alert — convinces Eve  to eat the forbidden fruit. 
From: Michael Ullyot on 21 Nov 2020

How to Read David Treuer’s The Translation of Dr Apelles, Part

The second of two episodes on a 2006 novel by the Ojibwe writer David Treuer, about a translator retelling the story of two lovers, and writing his own story in the process. 
From: Michael Ullyot on 17 Nov 2020

How to Read Andrew Marvell’s Poems

Readings of five poems by the metaphysical poet Andrew Marvell, including his best-known carpe diem poem “To his Coy Mistress,” but also a beautiful extended simile of the soul as a dew-drop; a tense argument between a body and a soul who...
From: Michael Ullyot on 1 Nov 2020

How to Read William Shakespeare’s Richard II

Shakespeare’s 1595 history play tells the story of one king’s abdication, and provokes questions about the difference between legitimate authority and illegitimate power. Richard II isn’t Shakespeare’s best-known play, but it may...
From: Michael Ullyot on 31 Oct 2020

How to Read John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Books 7-8

Adam and Raphael exchange stories — of the creation of the universe, and of human beings — and Adam learns what subjects and questions God wants us to stop thinking about. This and every other episode of "Open Book" is available on Spotify,...
From: Michael Ullyot on 25 Oct 2020

How to Read Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Volume

Catherine Morland — described as “open, candid, artless, guileless, with affections strong but simple, forming no pretensions, and knowing no disguise” — completes her journey from impressionable provincial ingenue to contentedly...
From: Michael Ullyot on 25 Oct 2020

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