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About work, he writes in Blue Monday, quoted in full:
PRE-ROMANTICISM: The first phase of the Romantic movement in European literature of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Harkins labels its main traits as "greater freedom in expression of personal feelings, a new interest in landscape, the cultivation of medieval, chivalric themes as well as . . . the supernatural, and the melancholy mood of 'graveyard' poetry" (309). See for further details.
His insight can be plain-speaking and charming, such as in these:
POLYTHEISM: The belief in multiple deities--usually non-omniscient and non-omnipotent--in contrast with the idea of a single all-powerful deity.
My essay on how I quit writing up at The Good Men …
Through me many long dumb voices,
Voices of the interminable generations of slaves,
Voices of prostitutes and of deformed persons,
Voices of the diseased and despairing, and of thieves and of dwarfs,
Voices of cycles of preparation and accretion,
And of the threads that connect the starsand of the wombs, and of the
And of the rights of them the others are down upon,
Of the trivial and flat and foolish and despaired,
Of fog in the air and beetles rolling balls of dung.
Ekphrasis: Poetry Confronting Art | Academy of …
I am the poet of the woman the same as the man
And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man,
And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of men.