Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky’s books of poems include Sadness and Happiness, The Figured Wheel and Jersey Rain.

Poem: ‘In Defence of Allusion’

Robert Pinsky, 22 May 2003

The world is allusive. The mantis alludes to a twig To deflect the starling, the starling is a little stare Alluded to by Shakespeare: Jacques-Pierre,

His name alluding not to spears or beers Or shaking, though the mantis trembles a little, Helpless refugee. Or I imagine she does,

Feeding that fantasy to my heart, an organ Alluded to by the expression ‘courage’ Like...

Confounding the Apes

P.N. Furbank, 22 August 1996

There are several different things one can be aiming at in a verse translation, leaving aside the genre known as ‘Imitation’, in which poets like Samuel Johnson, Ezra Pound and Robert...

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