JOHN DREW

June 6, 2020
June 6, 2020

Forest Teaching

[for Samuel on his 15th birthday]

December 7, 2019
December 7, 2019

Poetry

Furniture dies. Empty now,

November 9, 2019
November 9, 2019

Shakespearewallah: From Bengal to Belfast

Here we are on the Irish border for Hallowe’en, originally a Celtic festival designed to propitiate the ghosts of the dead.

June 1, 2019
June 1, 2019

Riverine Reflections

By the time James Rennell in the 1770’s, working out of Dhaka, finished surveying all the many rivers of Bengal, most of them had changed course, thus showing as much indifference to cartography as to any other form of human presumption.

April 27, 2019
April 27, 2019

Did Shakespeare Know He Was “Shakespeare”?

Did Shakespeare know he was “Shakespeare”? That is, even in his own day, did he know he was a cut above the ordinary when it came to writing dramatic poetry, that his language was, as a miner’s son would later put it, “so lovely! like the dyes from gas-tar”?

March 30, 2019
March 30, 2019

Cricket and Visions

On March 18th, a poet named John was hit in the eye and knocked out by a ball while playing an informal game of cricket. Perhaps

February 9, 2019
February 9, 2019

T.S.Eliot's Cat

It is a wonderful irony that T.S. Eliot, the publication of whose long poem The Waste Land a century ago is taken by the intelligentsia to

January 5, 2019
January 5, 2019

The Curious Case of a Master-Spy: The Fictional Kim

What's in a name? Suppose you are given the name of a well-known character in fiction, could this determine the sort of person you

November 17, 2018
November 17, 2018

Tagore and China: A Cambridge Perspective

Unnoticed I am going away/ Just as nobody saw me come./I clasp my hands and bow my head/As clouds puff up in the west…

October 13, 2018
October 13, 2018

In Search of My Nanna's Bungalow

Last weekend I went in search of my Nanna's bungalow. Seventy years ago, during World War II and in the years just after it, my mother and I had stayed with her mother in her bungalow in Erith, a small Thameside port, now part of Greater London.