Author Archives: Jacob T. Reilly

Refining the Crudeness of Symbolism: An Analysis of William Carlos Williams’ “The Rose”

Dear all, I encourage you to read the following poem by William Carlos Williams, “The Rose,” published in his book Spring and All in 1923. Then take a good look at the 1914 painting “Flowers” by the cubist painter, Juan Gris, which you will find directly after the poem. Having done that, you will be prepared […]

The Gorgeous Dead – Jacob T. Reilly

               The Gorgeous Dead           A Poem for My Brother Peter When the air cuts you quick like Orion’s sword, Flickering, gleaming, brightly brandished stars, Hunt  the rimed heavens for Venus then Mars, Bodies that blaze in teeming crystal hordes Of Boreas, for if you stay awake And vigilant for long enough at night, The mortified blades, […]

Variations on a Theme: Musicality and Mutability in Wordsworth and Christina Rossetti

Variations on a Theme: Musicality and Mutability in Wordsworth and Christina Rossetti   Mutability By William Wordsworth From low to high doth dissolution climb, And sink from high to low, along a scale Of awful notes, whose concord shall not fail; A musical but melancholy chime, Which they can hear who meddle not with crime, […]

(In)Congruence in the Poetry & Prose of Wordsworth & Arnold: Defining the Romantic/Victorian Divide

(Pardon the formatting problems. WordPress doesn’t like copy & paste.) (In)Congruence in the Poetry & Prose of Wordsworth & Arnold: Defining the Romantic/Victorian Divide I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud By William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, […]

Oranges – A Poem for my Sister Madeline…

                         Oranges      A Poem for Madeline, my Loving Sister ORANGES are sticky-sweet and oh so bright. I think that God to make them plucked the sun From off the sky so blue and at sunset’s light Did squeeze and shake until the deed was done, Until He juiced that luminary orb And sprinkled droplets over earth […]

Νικῶμεν – Peter H. Reilly

The following poem was written by my 14 year old brother, Peter H. Reilly. It’s theme is the Battle of Marathon and Pheidippides’ run from Marathon to Athens. For those, who don’t yet know Greek (start learning!), the title means “We are victorious!,”and the final line means “Hail, We are victorious!” Νικῶμεν Black ships rising, […]

Spelunking – Jacob T. Reilly

     Spelunking Give me amnesia. Lifeis lived in the forgetting, notas that sage man, in the world’s youthonce thought, in remembrance.The world’s a cave, into whichthe entering is all the differenceand not the emergence fromas I once thought.It’s what we make of darkness, notas a space for us to bring the light,but as a […]