Chronicles Magazine Literature

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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    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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    Sums of Disenchantment

    Zulfikar Chose was born in Pakistan, grew up in British India, emigrated to England in 1952, and since 1969 has taught in the English department of the University of Texas. He is married to a Brazilian and has enough knowledge of South America to...

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