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The articles collected here should explain why certain translations take the form they do, and perhaps help bridge the gap between the small press article and the scholarly research paper. The articles under 'Reassessing Modernism' are not nuanced literary criticism, but plainly-written analyses of representative poets, poems and articles, looked at from wider perspectives. The emphasis is on the practical: what works, what doesn't, and what poets can learn from their predecessors.

Reassessing Modernism

Reassessments: Aims of these Articles

Modernist Poetry and its Competition
William Butler Yeats: A Vision and the Seer
T. S. Eliot: Life Beyond The Wasteland
Foundations of Modernism: Eliot's Literary Criticism
Ezra Pound: Cantos and the Cultural Crusade
William Carlos Williams and the all-American poetry
Wallace Stevens and the new Poetry
W.H. Auden: The Adolescent Who Would Be Himself
Duplicities of Language: Geoffrey Hill
Serious Postmodernism: Prynne and Ashbery
Poetry as Plain Language: Contemporary Movements
Poetry and Personality: Philip Larkin

Sentence Structure in Poetry: The Movement
Back to School: The New Formalists
Definition of Poetry
Modernist Poetry and its Discontents
Truth and the Social Base of Poetry
The Modern Literary Sensibility: A Brief History
Meaning in Modern Poetry: Philosophy and Postmodernism
The Death of Literary Criticism
Inspiration in Modern Poetry: Eight Suggestions
Contemporary Poetry Magazines

Translation Issues

Racine's Verse Characteristics
English Stage Verse page
Previous Phaedra Translations
Literary and Academic Renderings
Appollinaire's Song of the Ill-Loved
Valery's Cemetiere Marin
Hugo's Booz Endormie

Leopardi's L'infinito

Rilke's Herbsttag

Sextus Propertius Elegies: Previous Translations
Pound's Homage to Sextus Propertius
Translating the Propertius Elegies
Rendering the Latin Elegy
Virgil's Georgics: Previous Prose Translations
Virgil's Georgics: Previous Verse Translations
Rendering the Latin Hexameter
Georgics Verse Characteristics
The Language of Horace's Odes
Stanza Shaping of Odes
Versions of Ode One 5
Versions of Ode One 28
Versions of Ode Two 1
Contemporary Horace Translations
Ovid's Metamorphoses
Ovid's Tristia

Hafez Ghazal 1
Hafez Ghazal 101
Iraqi Quasida
Khusrau's The Cloud Rains
Khusrau's Idols of Azar

Chinese Poems: Art and Spirit
Chinese Poems: Language and Structure
Chinese Poems: Themes and Subject Matter
Chinese Poems: As an Art Form
Chinese Poems: Regulated Shi Forms
Chinese Poems: Ci & Qu Forms
Chinese Poems: As Shaped Emotion