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William F Dougherty
William F Dougherty West Hartford / United States, Male, 71
Profession :
editor, professor
Education :
PhD University of Connecticut
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William F Dougherty's last comments on poems and poets

  • POEM: Candle Power by William F Dougherty (4/21/2014 1:06:00 PM)

    Candle Power note to reader:
    An ironic persona thereof. Not comprehensible unless familiar

    with Last Rites of Catholic church, sometimes called supreme unction;

    it is given only to the dying or those who might die; all the physicality

    is just a prop. Redemptive is central word. The speaker is clearly

    an apostate who cannot remember the prayer of contrition, and if/as

    the candle/light of his life goes out a whiff of smoke [spirit] rises/ascends

    for reasons other than ordinary religiosity because something

    sacramentally elevates him in under a stowaway name, spiritual

    pseudonym, or so it seems.

  • POEM: The Eagle And The Mole by Elinor Morton Wylie (3/15/2014 4:50:00 PM)

    Note that Wylie's The Eagle and the Mole exploits the same natural analogies found in the
    poem Owl Light on PoemHunter by William F. Dougherty, in which the opposites are
    a predatory owl and a nocturnal mole.

  • POEM: The Phoenix by Heather Burns (9/28/2013 12:50:00 PM)

    The archetypes of mythology are invariably useful analogies for poem-making.

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