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July 26, 2019


Methinks the editor has, like me, never quite forgotten his introduction to George Meredith in a certain Modern British Literature course quite a few years ago, where The Egoist opened up some possibilities for what the novel could do that we smarty-pants - at least this one - had never quite thought of.

Thanks for this reminder, David, that Meredith wasn't a bad poet either!

Is that really Meredith? I've known the picture, an icon of blasted young talent, forever. But I never knew the model for Chatterton was Meredith. Thanks, David.

Only on my first cup of coffee, after the last line--"...Love's corpse-light shine.", I am reeling for equilibrium.
I've been to that party but the host was unknown. Thank you for posting George Meredith.

You're right, mon vieux.

Yes, Meredith modeled for it.What a tangled web existed between the Merediths and Mr. Wallis. -- DL

I know what you mean! "Modern Love" is a great and greatly undervalued work. -- DL

And whilst we're on the subject of 19th Century poetry at its most inventive, how about next up something from Clough's 'Amours de Voyages'?

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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