Harry Cluff

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Saturday, 8 August 2020

Edward Thomas - war or nature poet?

War poet is an unsatisfactory description of Edward Thomas. What is a war poet? Are you a war poet if …

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Saturday, 1 August 2020

What Churchill got from Gibbon

In 1895, when Winston Churchill was a twenty-year-old subaltern, he devoured Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, saying: …

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Saturday, 25 July 2020

Lost Classic- William Pitt the Younger’s last speech

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Saturday, 18 July 2020

The Islamic Origins of English Common Law: a Sicilian connection

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Saturday, 11 July 2020

When Gerard Manley Hopkins and WB Yeats were lost for words

In 1886 a small house party in Dublin hosted two of the greatest poetic voices in the history of the …

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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Stop and Look – Charles Mozin’s French cavalry charge

When Madame Guillotine chopped off the head of the French body politic in Paris, the enraged royal houses of Europe …

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Saturday, 27 June 2020

Unravelling TE Lawrence’s mystery poem

On the dedication page preluding the Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an enchantingly mysterious poem by TE Lawrence. It never …

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Saturday, 20 June 2020

'Holy fools' - how Soviet-era poets redefined the meaning of love

Poets are the unacknowledged philosophers of love. With words poets collect the consequences of that strange stirring we call love. …

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Saturday, 13 June 2020

Searching for Sappho

We have entered a twilight of the idols. The bronze statues of saints from different times are being torn down …

By Harry Cluff