What Is Life?John Clare (1793-1864) AND what is Life?—An hour-glass on the run,A mist retreating from the morning sun,A busy, bustling, still repeated dream.—Its length?—A minute’s pause, a moment’s thought.And happiness?—A bubble on the stream,That in the act of seizing shrinks to nought. What is vain Hope?—The puffing gale of morn,That robs each flow’ret of …

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The WindhoverGerard Manley Hopkins To Christ Our Lord I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-    dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding    Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and stridingHigh there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wingIn his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,    As a …

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During the first six weeks of the semester, each of my Introduction to Criticism students composed three “close readings” of three poems of their choice. Most poems (per my suggestion) were chosen from Poetry Foundation‘s online archive. Below is a complete list of the poets and poems students chose to analyze, along with links to texts of these poems. Next to the titles, …

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