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Dr Alistair Brown
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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

Whilst Reading Keats

Oh to clip the wings of my desire!
My low eyes ache with reading long in books
Of high love. Now longing fuels the fire
Which burns with envy undirected. Look
How writing this I've turned away from Keats
The object of my study now not him
But me, and here I read such empty sheets.
Where’s my material? Anger burns within
A vacuum, thus do I defy e’en physics
And neither force of faculty can explain
The instrumental reason of this pain.
Let cliché now assert its binary might,
Impose on me some realistic limits
To end this rhyme on feet of earthly flight,
And soothe the soul as pentameter can't,
And say, "Love comes when you most expect it shan't".

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About This Poem

Like the previous poem, this is intended as a kind of parody; though I hope it is more complex than that, with the way the final line both subverts and asserts the value of poeticising the common (in both senses of that word) experience of love and loss.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: John Keats, parody, sonnet, desire

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