I love discovering new voices, but there’s much to be said for following poets over the course of their careers, watching their styles evolve, their attentions shift.
Ruskin was captivated with more than just art and architecture. He wrote at some length on geology, mythology, crystallography, ornithology, herpetology — and who knows what else.
Will rock music ever be able entirely to extricate itself from a profoundly gendered symbolism?
Illustration provided Wyeth a very comfortable living, but did not satisfy his deep ambition to be taken seriously in the art world.
Whitman’s poetry feels inseparable from his physical presence, his body itself, as does the work of few other poets.
Hill worked on The Book of Baruch by the Gnostic Justin for several years before his death, planning no conclusion; the book would simply consist of as many sections as he had completed in his life.
Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth tries to wrest Middle-earth back to its source: J. R. R. Tolkien’s writing-desk.