Chronicles Magazine October 1987

The Price Of Free Verse

"A post in our times," wrote Thomas Love Peacock, "is a semi-barbarian in a civilized community." What Peacock meant by civilized community is not too hard to guess: that rational, humane, progressive society of Britain and Northern Europe, which...

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  • VIEWS

    Name That Tune

    First things first. In the briefly intersecting histories of rock and roll and Pentecostalism, it is recorded that Jerry Lee Lewis, at age 15, was expelled from Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahachie, Texas, for unrepentantly playing a boogie...

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    National Liberation Literature

    Years ago, in the North Welsh town of Llanrwst, I bought a copy of Dylan Thomas' Collected Poems, and a 50-year-old Welshman present, a Baptist, teetotalling, nonsmoking, nondancing insurance agent, said, "A wonderful boy and a great poet: a...

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    Greek Jive

    War Music, called by its author, Christopher Logue, an "account" of four books of the Iliad of Homer, is not a minor event. Its reception both in its native England, and now here, has been enthusiastic.

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