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Report: T. S. Eliot Prize Reading 2010

At the British poetry world’s biggest annual prize, a strong shortlist including three former winners battle for the prestige and the cash. The victorious poet, however, comes as something of a surprise. Dan Eltringham T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize Readings, Southbank Centre, Sunday 17th January 2010 All quotation from the performances. ‘It was a cold coming we had of it/Just the worst time of year/For … Continue reading Report: T. S. Eliot Prize Reading 2010

An Interview with Sir Christopher Ricks – Part I

Sir Christopher Ricks is one of the most important and influential critics active today. Described by W.H.Auden as ‘exactly the kind of critic that every poet dreams of finding’, he has continuously been a leading figure in literary criticism since the Sixties, famous not only for his sensitive essays but also as a captivating lecturer. He is the author of such renowned works as Milton’s … Continue reading An Interview with Sir Christopher Ricks – Part I

An Interview with Sir Christopher Ricks – Part II

The Literateur: You have been very insistent that literary criticism is important only because literature is important, and that criticism is of secondary importance. Christopher Ricks: I wouldn’t deny that that there are critical works of genius. I make a difference between professorial professional people like me on the one hand, and Eliot, Coleridge and so forth on the other. There’s no reason why a … Continue reading An Interview with Sir Christopher Ricks – Part II