Monthly Archives: July 2015

“This is realism”: Lessons from Poetry

Langdon Hammer describes the stone that Yeats’s fisherman sits on (in the poem “The Fisherman”) as “resistant” and “non-ideal, that is, real”. This equation of “non-ideal” with its common meaning of “imperfect” (as in “my new flat isn’t ideal…”), while … Continue reading

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Notes on HonorĂ© Daumier, Don Quixote (1868)

He’s instantly recognisable, though he has no face. He has no face because he doesn’t know who he is. He’s Don Quixote, famous for his confused identity. In this blurred image, he really could be a knight-errant. His armour could … Continue reading

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