C. P. Nield

Learn It By Heart For The Sake Of Civilisation

The case for memorising verse is often dismissed as nostalgia for the bad old days of rote learning. But memory lifts poems off the page.

The Hero’s Journey is Hollywood’s McMyth

The American mythologist Joseph Campbell is to blame for the rise of moral relativism in the movie world — as Thomas Mann observed

Poetry in Motion

Judi Dench's embattled M in Skyfall at one point reaches not for a Beretta or one of Q's exploding pens but a few lines of Tennyson. Would the words of Carol Ann Duffy work as well?

Bombarded By White Noise

Camille Paglia's Glittering Images is a bewildering nightmare of frenzied distraction, precisely the modern condition the author hoped to combat

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"