Ben Duke: “Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)”

“All consciousness in Milton is heroic, because it is somehow his own, whether Satanic or human, whether fallen or unfallen. (…) Milton’s particular greatness is his transformation of his own profound passions, his hopes for the human, into an art absolutely personal and yet also near-universal.” – Harold Bloom “ Him the Almighty Power Hurled […]

“Douglas” by Robbie Synge

“And this came to be my gripe with the postmodern aversion to closure. It’s like, Grow up already! Take some ­responsibility for your narrative! I’m not looking for the meaning, but I am looking for a meaning, and you’re denying me a vital element of making sense of any story, which is its ending! Aversion […]