Tag: Poetry

Poetic Biographies: writing the lives of Keats and Tennyson

Nicholas Roe, John Keats: A New Life. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. John Batchelor, Tennyson: To Strive, To Seek, To Find. London: Chatto and Windus, 2012. 2012 was a good year for biographies. In November I wrote about a new biography of Dickens, discussing it alongside a couple other Dickens biographies that challenge the

Diary of a VAP week 11: grammar and poetry

I give reading quizzes in my classes, at least those classes that consist mostly of freshman and sophomores, or survey classes where part of the point is to read widely. Quizzes provide students with an incentive to do the reading, and they give me a sense of how manageable it is, and what parts of