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Mark Jensen
Mark Jensen Tacoma, WA / United States, Male, 66
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B.A., Princeton; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
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  • POEM: Good-Night by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1/29/2013 11:49:00 PM)

    An amusing early 19th century version of Let's Spend the Night Together.

  • POEM: Snow-Flakes. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1/28/2013 11:23:00 PM)

    Wow - Longfellow was a pantheist? The air is writing 'poems' with 'silent syllables' (an oxymoron) to express its 'despair' and 'grief'?

    'Silent, and soft, and slow' is a nice line.

  • POEM: Winter by William Shakespeare (1/9/2013 3:10:00 AM)

    Starring the staring owl! And greasy Joan.

    I see someone on a website says 'Joan' means 'prostitute, ' but Norman Blake in his 'Shakespeare's Non-Standard English' (2006) has a long long list of terms Shakespeare uses to mean 'prostitute' and 'Joan' is not among them. This poem appears late in the very early comedy 'Love's Labour's Lost' but there is no character named Joan in the play. It appears as part of the rather bizarre end of the play as the second of two poems, the first being on 'Spring, ' which Armado introduces as the dialogue that the two learned men have compiled in praise of the Owl and the Cuckoo, adding that It should have followed in the end of our show. I like this poem but find the play rather tiresome. I never have much liked Shakespeare's comedies.

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