Clinton Collister joins the panel to discuss Fragment III and its potential connexions to The Man of Law’s Tale (Fragment II), with a focus on the role of justice, legalism, crime, intent, contractual obligations, and the judicial purpose of punishment.
CR Episode 82: Canterbury Tales IV – The Man of Law’s Tale
The panel examines The Man of Law’s Tale and scholarly arguments about whether it is suited to its putative teller, and consider the tale’s depictions of crime and justice (temporal and divine), constancy, providence, misadventure, and religious strife.
CR Episode 81: Canterbury Tales III – The Miller’s, Reeve’s, and Cook’s Tales
Leaving behind the Knight’s noble depictions of courtly love, the panel descends through bawdy, sexual misadventures in the form of ‘quites’–narrative responses–offered by the drunken Miller and the vengeful Reeve, and the Cook’s incomplete tale.
CR Episode 80: Canterbury Tales II – The Knight’s Tale
In the second part of the Canterbury Tales series, the panel reads selections from The Knight’s Tale, with a focus on how the three shines–to Venus, to Mars, and to Diana–serve as an interpretive device, and on the connexion to Boethian philosophy.
CR Episode 79: Canterbury Tales I – General Prologue
In the first week of the Canterbury Tales series, the panel reviews the biography of Geoffrey Chaucer, introduces the Canterbury Tales in general, and then reads selections from the General Prologue, with emphasis on Chaucer’s development of character.
CR Episode 78: Kipling, “If”, and The Great War
The panel discusses selections from the poetry of Rudyard Kipling, including his most famous poem, “If”, and three poems related to The Great War and, its mechanised social aftermath: “Gethsemane”, “The Benefactor”, and “The Secret of the Machines”.
CR Episode 77: Ben Jonson’s Critical Eye
The panel discusses Ben Jonson’s role as critic and author of the Elizabethan age, and reads four of his poems, including several of his Epigrams, before concluding with his rhapsodic ode written in memory of his friend, William Shakespeare.
CR Episode 76: Excerpts from Leaves of Grass
The panel reads excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, including poems from the inscriptions, Song of Myself, Children of Adam, and Calamus, considering the formal nature of the ‘American Epic’, and Whitman’s use of individualism and universalism.
CR Episode 75: Excerpts from Astrophil and Stella
The panel examines a selection of sonnets and a song from Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella, considering the formal and tonal connexions between Sidney’s poetry and the works of earlier and later poets, including Chaucer, Petrarch, and Shakespeare.
CR Episode 74: Introduction to Abraham Cowley
The panel discusses a selection of poems covering the entire span of Abraham Cowley’s oeuvre: beginning with his college years and the unfinished epic ‘Davideis’, through his popular collections, and concluding with his late ‘Ode to the Royal Society’.
CR Episode 73: Milton’s L’Allegro and Il Penseroso
The panel discusses a selection of John Milton’s shorter poems, the oft-paired ‘L’Allegro’ and ‘Il Penseroso’, and examines their use of Orpheus as a metaphor, and their different attitudes to finding communal delight and solitary pleasure in life.
CR Episode 72: Irony in the Poetry of Stephen Crane
The panel analyses the use of irony in the poetic works of Stephen Crane, including selections from “War Is Kind” (1899), and discusses the development of realism and imagism in English literature, especially in poetry about the experience of war.