After Canto XIII of the Inferno
The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, who died last week at 91, found an enduring language to express his anguish at what human exploitation has done to the world.
The writer, who died at 89, invested common words with the power of a constructive, shaping force.
A Pennsylvania judge’s decision to quote Shakespeare in a recent ruling doubled as a meaningful, yet still ambiguous, interpretation of cultural chaos.
Emma Lazarus’s Petrarchan sonnet is an awkward vehicle for defenses of American greatness—perhaps because so many of those who quote it miss its true meaning.
Political wars on college campuses aren’t really about free speech. They’re about what it means to be a student.