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May 14, 2019

This article is reprinted with permission from the author

St. Augustine, the founder of Western Christian civilization, wrote, of poetry:

The purpose of it is to lead young people of ability, and perhaps older people too, gradually, with Reason for our guide, from the th...

May 4, 2019

As part of a month-long celebration of Keats' miracle year in poetry, The Chained Muse is proud to present an original recitation of the Ode to a Nightingale by poet Daniel Leach.

 Follow our Keats-related posts throughout the month of May here.



May 2, 2019

The Chained Muse is proud to have been part of the John Keats bicentenary celebration that took place at Concordia University in Montreal. May 2019 marks 200 years since the miracle year of 1819 in which Keats composed his five Great Odes. The following remarks were de...

February 23, 2019

This article is republished with permission from the author.

   When John Keats died in Rome on Feb. 23, 1821, at the age of 25, the world lost one of the greatest poetic geniuses it had ever known, and although much of what would undoubtedly have been his greatest work...

November 3, 2018

By Fred Haight

This video discusses the origin of language in classical poetry rather than prose, the birth of both music and poetry from the musical qualities of the human voice, and the necessity of reviving a literate culture today, as informed by poetry, and poetic...

October 29, 2018

While most professors and critics place John Keats in the same category of poets as Romantics like Lord Byron, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, nothing could be further from the truth.

In his own words, Keats made the subtle, but crucial distinction betwe...

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