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Dr Alistair Brown
Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Unrecited Love

"Descend through depths of hope,
Decline advance, dare dream
And, dreaming, loathe to hear
That your thoughts fix, or seem
To fix, all else excluding here.
Your cool exclusion excludes all
Without my gaze that lives, or might,
By tempting heart to hope the call
To earthly arms of over-Heavenly delight.
So now I talk outside the rhyme
Hear it, you that binds my time
My choice, my chance, in joyful tyranny
My offset exclamation: Love me."

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This poem, and the next one, are intended to be parodic, imitating in form and dismissing in ambition the most trite forms of romantic Romantic poetry.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: love, unrequited, speaking aloud, sonnet

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