Neil Rathmell – writer

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Tag Archives: epic poetry

Always afternoon

It is clear from the very first lines of Tennyson’s poem, The Lotos-Eaters, that the interest of this brief episode from Homer’s Odyssey lay for him not in Greek myth … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment


Until recently, like most people, all I knew of Longfellow was Hiawatha. I knew the tune anyway. A conversation with a friend who admitted to a liking for the now … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment