Questions tagged [james-fenton]

Questions related to the English poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton (born 1949) and his works.

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What could be the possible reason behind “live in fear” and “move at liberty” in the fourth stanza of “A German Requiem”?

The fourth stanza of the poem "A German Requiem" indicates that the widow lived in fear and the young man could not move at liberty between the armchairs. I cannot figure out why. What does the widow ...
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What is the connection between the following two lines from “A German Requiem”?

I think there must be some connection between the last two lines from the first stanza of "A German Requiem": Yesterday the very furniture seemed to reproach you. Today you take your place in the ...
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Why is “waistcoat” modified by “leering” in the poem “A German Requiem"?

In the fifth line from the third stanza of "A German Requiem", the word waistcoat is modified by leering. I can understand waistcoat is personified as a person here. Is this person the priest? And why ...