72 episodes

Exploring the art of poetry through the craft of some of the world's best but most underrated poems.

Versecraft Elijah Perseus Blumov

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

Exploring the art of poetry through the craft of some of the world's best but most underrated poems.

    "Eurydice On the Art of Poetry" by Shane McCrae

    "Eurydice On the Art of Poetry" by Shane McCrae

    COME OUT TO CLEVELAND June 13th to hear David, Matthew, and Ryan read! Soundtrack to this episode Topics discussed in this episode include: -Au revoir until June! -"The Birth of Tragedy" by Friederich Nietzsche-"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde-"Pere Goriot" by Honore de Balzac-The aesthetic parasite-"And Which of Them In Time Would Be Betrayed" by Derek Walcott-"The Georgics" by Publius Vergilius Maro-"The Metamorphoses" by Publius Ovidius Naso-The tale of...

    • 26 min
    Folie a Deux: Laura Riding and Robert Graves

    Folie a Deux: Laura Riding and Robert Graves

    Soundtrack to today's episodeTopics discussed in this episode include:-"On Portents" by Robert Graves-"The White Goddess" by Robert Graves-"Life With The Real White Goddess" by Louis Simpson-Poetry Messiah Witch Cult-The Fugitives-Misadventures in polyamory-"A Survey of Modernist Poetry" by Riding & Graves-"The Cool Web" by Robert Graves-The squishiness of children-The double-edged sword of language-"Rational Meaning: A New Foundation for the Definition of Words" by Laura Riding-"Death As...

    • 26 min
    Fulke Greville and the Rejection of Courtly Love

    Fulke Greville and the Rejection of Courtly Love

    The soundtrack to today's episode Topics discussed in this episode:-Norman Finkelstein and Restless Messengers -Formal Poet Voltron At Loganberry Books!! Get over here! -Three great things: Literary Matters, 32 Poems, SLEERICKETS-Ma! I'm On Sleerickets!-Pre-12th century Medieval heroic poetry -Chivalry vs. Courtly Love-Slammin the canon-Dante is a sad, strange little man -and Petrarch needs to get a life-The 16th Century Lyric in England by Yvor Winters-Name a more ic...

    • 31 min
    To Be Or Not: Dunbar and Juster On Suicide

    To Be Or Not: Dunbar and Juster On Suicide

    Topics discussed in this episode include: -That famous soliliquy-"The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus-Inferno Canto XIII-"Orthodoxy" by G.K. Chesterton-The Catechism of the Catholic Church-Prayopavesa-Martyrs, Berserkers, Stoics and Samurai-"The Right To Die" by Paul Laurence Dunbar-"No" by A.M. Juster-"Resume" by Dorothy ParkerSupport the Show.BUY VERSECRAFT MERCH HERE.Please subscribe, rate, and review! Thanks so much for listening.You can leave me a tip, support the podcast, or requ...

    • 25 min
    10 Poems I Like

    10 Poems I Like

    Poems discussed on this episode include: "Are They Shadows" by Samuel Daniel"To Heaven" by Ben Jonson"The Kraken" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson"Aspecta Medusa" by Dante Gabriel RossettiSonnet VII by George Santayana"Rock and Hawk" by Robinson Jeffers"What Are Years" by Marianne Moore"My Son, My Executioner" by Donald Hall"Drought" by Catherine Chandler (see show transcript for text)"Elegy" by John Dunn SmithSupport the Show.BUY VERSECRAFT MERCH HERE.Please subscribe, rate, and review! Thanks ...

    • 31 min
    "The Marriage" by Yvor Winters

    "The Marriage" by Yvor Winters

    Mea culpa: Sorry about the little skip in the concluding reading-- don't know why that happened. Text of the poem here. Topics discussed in this episode include: -"In Defense of Reason" by Yvor Winters-"A Winters Tale" on SLEERICKETS-"The Seriousness of Yvor Winters" by David Yezzi-"The Absolutist: Yvor Winters" by Jan Schreiber-"What You Need to Know About Yvor Winters" by James Matthew Wilson (also includes other cool links!)-"Wisdom and Wilderness" by Dick Davis-The morality...

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

ƒıreƒlæy ,

Refreshing

While the preface indicates that this is a podcast for poetic dissection, there is much more on offer.

Versecraft topics run the gambit from homosexuality to feminism to suicide to lust, history, music, abortion, rap, love, and on, and on.. the ground covered is broad and can be bold. It doesn’t just poke at the heart of what humans can really do with language, but what we choose to communicate and how. It presents a poetry which you can interpret, rather than intuit alone.

In a world that is flush with feelings of meaninglessness and nihilism Versecraft offers a refreshingly purposeful and serious take on the human experience, as viewed through a particular artistic window.

Not to say some of the content isn’t controversial- Elijah definitely rubs the established poetry community the wrong way at times. However, though some may bristle at the delivery, as a podcast Versecraft has ample entertainment and educational value to go along with that bold, refreshing perspective. 5/5.

john16791 ,

An exceptionally thoughtful and well-crafted podcast

I discovered Versecraft during a Keats binge over the weekend. My goal was to hear as many of the great poems spoken aloud as possible, and so I came to this first because I enjoyed Blumov’s recitation of “On First Seeing the Elgin Marbles” more than the other options. His commentary turned out to be even more of a highlight. I appreciated his sophistication in making a strong, interpretive reading without veering off into speculation. I also enjoyed his use of critical terms for the sake of fluid communication (we hear of topoi and trochaic substitutions) while resisting the urge toward jargon for its own sake. Since listening to the Keats episode I’ve also tuned in for “Marriage as a Problem of Universals” and the intercalated episode on the nature of art. I’ve been impressed by each of these and look forward to hearing more in the future!

Ethan McGuire Collins ,

Already One of the Best Poetry Podcasts

I have been looking for a podcast like this for a long time, a poetry show that discusses the intricate details of poetry—meter, rhyme, rhythm, lines, etc. Most poetry podcasts are dull or superfluous, a waste of time. Versecraft has now joined a short list of good ones, a list which especially includes Sleerickets and Poetry Says, and I believe Versecraft is going to be right alongside those two for me now.

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