160 episodes

Critical Readings examines key literary texts using close reading and critical analysis, and explains these approaches in discussion. Listeners will learn about the texts themselves and about how to approach a text for critical analysis.

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Critical Readings examines key literary texts using close reading and critical analysis, and explains these approaches in discussion. Listeners will learn about the texts themselves and about how to approach a text for critical analysis.

    CR Episode 160: The Poetry of Lewis Carroll

    CR Episode 160: The Poetry of Lewis Carroll

    The panel reads four poems by Lewis Carroll and discusses the importance of poetic form in nonsense poetry, along with several potentially complicated readings that go beyond straight-forward narrative and verge upon social commentary.Continue reading

    • 1 hr 6 min
    CR Episode 159: The Sangraal of Robert Stephen Hawker

    CR Episode 159: The Sangraal of Robert Stephen Hawker

    The panel reads "The Quest of the Sangraal" by the nineteenth-century parson and poet, Robert Stephen Hawker, with special attention to the use of differing Arthurian traditions and the fusion of mediæval and modern poetic forms, syntax, and vocabulary.Continue reading

    • 1 hr 48 min
    CR Episode 158: Introduction to Thomas Traherne

    CR Episode 158: Introduction to Thomas Traherne

    The panel reads three poems by Thomas Traherne, a late seventeenth-century English poet of imaginative, reflective, and speculative verse, whose manuscripts were discovered by happenstance and saved from the refuse pit in the late nineteenth century.Continue reading

    • 56 min
    CR Episode 157: Washington Irving’s Christmas

    CR Episode 157: Washington Irving’s Christmas

    The panel reads Washington Irving's Christmas sequence from The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., and examines how its portrayal of an old-fashioned, English Christmas served to influence attitudes towards the ideal of Christmas in the United States.Continue reading

    • 1 hr 27 min
    CR Episode 156: The Lay of the Children of Hurin, Part III

    CR Episode 156: The Lay of the Children of Hurin, Part III

    The panel concludes a three-week reading of The Lay of the Children of Hurin, examining the connexion between the history, geography, and cosmology of Tolkien's imagined Middle-Earth and that of our own, very real, terrestrial middle-earth.Continue reading

    • 1 hr 54 min
    CR Episode 155: The Lay of the Children of Hurin, Part II

    CR Episode 155: The Lay of the Children of Hurin, Part II

    The panel reads the second part of The Lay of the Children of Hurin, which relates the tale of Beleg Strongbow, and the doom of Turin Turambar, giving special attention to how the text connects to other mythological and Anglo-Saxon poems and narratives.Continue reading

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Becausejake ,

Wonderful Insight and Recommendations

For a long time I have enjoyed writing self-reflective prose and poetry, but I’ve never felt I’ve had the tools to write well. This podcast has given me some inspiration to continue writing and experimenting both in writing and in music.

So few modern musicians still possess such rich poetic power (though Joe Pug and Marcus Mumford may be an exception). But, podcasts like this keep the knowledge of great poetry alive, so that just like Longfellow’s “footprints on the sands of time,” we might be inspired to keep the tradition alive.

I have greatly enjoyed listening to the wonderful depth and insight in this podcast, and I hope to continue writing and growing my own knowledge base.

Andrew Benson Brown ,

Best poetry podcast

As a practicing poet, I have searched long and hard for podcasts that do in-depth analyses of the great works. Most just do snippets of readings, and many focus on contemporary free-versers with a political agenda who are, in the scheme of things, highly forgettable. Only a handful analyze works of the past, and this is the only one I’ve found that does multi-part episode series on longer works. Great for students, practitioners looking to better understand their craft, and general interest.

caladan_brood ,

Brilliant

One of my favorite podcasts. Please, keep ‘em coming!

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