Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Intellectual Cleansing of Leicester Square

As the ‘new look’ Leicester Square was unveiled this week with all the usual the bland hurrahs, no one noticed the casualties. Five artworks celebrating famous former residents of the Square have vanished. Gone from the four corners of the ‘pocket park’ … Continue reading

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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon is buried in St Andrews, Mells. It’s a village in Somerset. He didn’t live there, but was an admirer of Ronald Knox, a priest who was buried there before him. His fascinating life was so interesting to himself … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Lust

‘No want of conscience hold it that I call / Her ‘love’ for whose dear love I rise and fall.’   Shakespeare in Lust is a literary walk. Its aim is twofold: 1) to show off Shakespeare’s stomping ground in … Continue reading

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE CITY

Shakespeare in the City is a literary walk. It has two important teachings: 1) Shakespeare wasn’t just something that happened south of the river, in one tourist-convenient spot. 2) Shakespeare wasn’t just an Elizabethan poet-playwright. He was also the foremost … Continue reading

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Michael Hartnett

Michael Hartnett was one of Ireland’s half-dozen greatest poets of the 2oth century. He died in 1999 at the age of 58. (Yeh, drink-related.) Unlike most of his better known contemporaries, he was a pure poet.  His ouevre is poems, and … Continue reading

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Poetopography

Poetopography is the study of poets and poetry in time/space, in psychohistory/psychogeography. It is interested in things such as knowing that the only page handwritten by Shakespeare thought to be extant is the ‘Hand D’ page on display at the … Continue reading

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