Thanks, Twitter, the news couldn’t be neater

After following the UK elections on the BBC and Twitter, I must say Barack Obama gave a better victory speech than David Cameron. Cameron’s jubilant “sweetest victory of all” speech at the Conservative Party headquarters lacked the poetry of Obama’s victory speeches in 2008 and 2012.

The talking heads on the BBC were all right. There was a funny moment when former Lib-Dem leader Paddy Ashdown said he would eat his hat if the exit poll was right.


“If this exit poll is right I will publicly eat my hat,” says Paddy Ashdown.

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Blair won Marx election, Cameron won Freud, who will win Browning-Tagore?

Labour last won a general election 10 years ago, in 2005, on the birthday of Karl Marx (May 6, 1818 – March 14, 1883). The last general election, five years ago, was held on the birthday of Sigmund Freud, when the Conservative David Cameron fell 20 seats short of a majority but managed to stitch together a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. The elections today coincide with the birthday of not one but two famous poets — Robert Browning and Rabindranath Tagore.Continue Reading

The Norton Anthology of Poetry

The Norton Anthology of Poetry
The Norton Anthology of Poetry
The Norton Anthology of Poetry is one of the best and most comprehensive collections of English poems from Old English to the present day. I was going through the poems after reading about the death of the literary critic MH Abrams.

Abrams, who died on April 21 at the age of 102 in Ithaca, New York, was the founding editor of the Norton Anthology of Literature, first published in 1962. He was also an adviser to the editors of the Norton Anthology of Poetry. Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter and Jon Stallworthy acknowledge his contributions in the preface to the book.Continue Reading