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Poem of the Week: Hart Crane’s ‘Voyages’

Walter Pater, one of the fathers of Aestheticism, in his Studies in the History of Renaissance argued that music was the highest form of art in that ‘all art constantly aspires to the condition of music.’ Though Pater wrote this with a conception of music as pure abstraction, I believe that poetry and music both […]

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Lockdown Literature Challenge: Jean Genet’s ‘Our Lady of the Flowers’ – “An epic of masturbation”

After reading Our Lady of the Flowers I am certain that Jean Genet, French criminal turned avant-garde writer, would have thrived in lockdown. Whilst writing Our Lady of the Flowers in Paris’s Prison de la Sante in 1941, Genet initially intended his audience to be composed of only one – himself. This novel is unlike […]