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Monday, August 8, 2005

Steve Schroeder, in a comment to Saturday's second post, suggested that his own deliberate approach to metrical rhyming poetry (as opposed to his approach to free and accentual verse) might be the result of a relative lack of skill. My reply this morning was that deliberate "writing to order" was actually something only a skillful poet could reliably do, and that he should be encouraged by his approach. In a sign of the end-times, Kasey Mohammad agreed, at least about skill and writing to order.

The point of mentioning all this is that I wanted to cite Coleridge on Pope in my reply, but I was at work and had neither the Biographia Literaria nor my locally searchable archive with me (I'd cited the reference before), so I googled Coleridge Pope Iliad and there, in the first 10 results, was my previous citation.

I'm not bragging.

I'm appalled.

Nearly two hundred years of scholarship on one of the most — no, the most important theoretical document of English Romanticism, and my half-assed ramblings on Coleridge on Pope are there right beside the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.


Update 7:06 pm: It may in fact be the end time. I nodded yes to every statement.


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