Quick Poems for Quarantine
Literary Disco Discusses Philip Larkin, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Matthew Zapruder
On this week’s episode, as a quick respite from Literary Disco‘s reading of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Julia, Rider, and Tod each present a poem to discuss: “The Mower” by Philip Larkin; “No worst, there is none” by Gerard Manley Hopkins; and “Go Make Something Old” by Matthew Zapruder.
From the episode:
Julia Pistell: This is a fascinating cultural shift that is going to last out the rest of our lives. Everyone has been forced to slow down and pay close attention to whatever is around them. That’s what [“The Mower”] is about. It’s saying, even though you may have thought you cared for something by feeding it, if you’re not careful or if you’re not taking absolute care and paying attention then you could mow it down. I think that’s a really wonderful takeaway that will haunt me. What have I fed but could still kill through neglect in my life?
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