Digression after Bruce Acotyledon’s Seminar – Intellectual verse

Dan Wild

The dear reader will forgive me, first if I address him as “dear”, when his acquaintance I probably have not made nor ever will. Secondly, for assuming that my reader is a ‘he’. The fact is, women do not read my work, and if they did, they would be too embarrassed to admit it and …

Percy the Pianist: A Byronic Poem

Dan Wild

Take heed: nothing below is spoken seriously:No lasting harm has come from poetryExcept to the self-proclaimed poet’s dignity. 1Meet young Percy: our aspiring pianistWhose name has been sufficiently amended:He’s in his prime when all life’s finestPleasures should arrive and wounds intended,Dismissed or put aside. Confidence Should permeate his every move and showA man of influence. …

The origins of John Polidori and The Vampyre: Byron’s greatest work

Dan Wild

I really started becoming fascinated with the Shelley-Byron circle during my English honours year at the University of Sydney. My mother read me the poems of Shelley as a teenager and I had already encountered William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge at school. The first wave of English literary romantics were interesting enough. Wordsworth with …