“A Ragged Patch of Glow”

“A Ragged Patch of Glow”

By Wyoming Catholic College
Reflections on works of great lyric poetry from Dr. Glenn Arbery, President of Wyoming Catholic College
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“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Forty-Two
After a brief hiatus to host a successful in-person graduation for the Wyoming Catholic College Class of 2020, Dr. Arbery returns to his beloved poetry with William Butler Yeats’s “Sailing to Byzantium.”
08:42
May 28, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Forty-One
Dr. Arbery on Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry-Picking.”
06:42
May 15, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Forty
Today, Dr. Arbery recites and reflects upon Donald Hall’s “Amos.”
05:44
May 14, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-Nine
Dr. Arbery reflects on Thomas Nashe’s eerily-relevant “Litany in Time of Plague.”
06:24
May 13, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-Eight
Dr. Arbery with the second episode in his two-part series on Wallace Stevens’s “Of Modern Poetry.”
08:36
May 12, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-Seven
Dr. Arbery with the first in a two-part reflection on Wallace Stevens’s “Of Modern Poetry.”
08:12
May 11, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-Six
Dr. Arbery analyzes John Donne’s “Resurrection.”
06:29
May 10, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-Five
Inspired by the “Virtual Poetry Hour” that poet Dana Gioia so generously hosted for the Wyoming Catholic College community, Dr. Arbery discusses Mr. Gioia’s “The Burning Ladder.”
06:11
May 9, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-Four
Dr. Arbery continues his exploration of T. S. Eliot’s poetry with “Aunt Helen.”
03:28
May 8, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-Three
Dr. Arbery discusses the importance of being less terrified of T. S. Eliot’s poetry, such as “The Boston Evening Transcript.”
07:59
May 7, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-Two
In today's episode, Dr. Arbery recites and reflects upon a WCC favorite, W. B. Yeats’s “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”
06:30
May 6, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty-One
Inspired by his grandchildren and their innate love of poetry, Dr. Arbery reflects on Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky.” The podcast episode he references, in which he fleshes out a bit more of his thinking behind “A Ragged Patch of Glow,” can be found at www.wyomingcatholic.edu/podcast#current.
06:26
May 5, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirty
In today’s episode, Dr. Arbery thinks about Richard Wilbur’s “Mind.”
05:56
May 4, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-Nine
Inspired by a recent article from America Magazine's Ashley McKinless, Dr. Arbery examines A. E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young.” The article can be found at www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/05/01/visit-rural-catholic-college-has-171-students-12-horses-and-zero-textbooks.
05:28
May 3, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-Eight
Dr. Arbery examines Herman Melville’s “A Utilitarian View of the Monitor’s Fight.”
07:33
May 2, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-Seven
Dr. Arbery reflects on Thomas Hardy’s “In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations.’”
06:07
May 1, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-Six
Dr. Arbery discusses heroism in the context of W. B. Yeats’s “An Irish Airman foresees his Death.”
05:57
April 30, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-Five
Dr. Arbery sits in his backyard and reflects on A. E. Housman’s “Loveliest of trees, the cherry now.”
05:02
April 29, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-Four
Dr. Arbery examines Edmund Waller’s “Go, Lovely Rose.”
04:43
April 28, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-Three
Dr. Arbery discusses Emily Dickinson’s “A Bird, came down the Walk.”
06:05
April 27, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-Two
Dr. Arbery recites three poems by Catharine Savage Brosman, “Broken Landscape,” “Aspen Grove,” and “White Water.”
07:07
April 26, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty-One
Dr. Arbery, reflecting on  John Crowe Ransom’s “Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter.”
05:07
April 25, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twenty
In today’s episode of “A Ragged Patch of Glow,” Dr. Arbery hopes that Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Spring” will prove prophetic.
04:16
April 24, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Nineteen
In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, Dr. Arbery reflects on Claudius’s “O, my offense is rank” monologue from “Hamlet.”
09:54
April 23, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Eighteen
Dr. Arbery on W. H. Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.”
06:49
April 22, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Seventeen
Dr. Arbery doubles up today, reciting Ben Jonson’s “Still to be neat, still to be dressed” and George Herbert’s “Jordan (I).”
05:18
April 21, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Sixteen
Dr. Arbery reflects on Wendell Berry’s “The Peace of Wild Things.”
05:11
April 20, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Fifteen
Dr. Arbery recites John Keats’s “On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.”
05:28
April 19, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Fourteen
Stealing a tiny bit of Sir Patrick Stewart's thunder, Dr. Arbery takes a look at Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 65.”
08:38
April 18, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Thirteen
Dr. Arbery recites “one of the best poems I know for anyone who has a bad temper,” Timothy Steele’s “Sapphics Against Anger.”
05:01
April 17, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Twelve
Dr. Arbery discusses Frederick Turner‘s “The Distribution.”
05:47
April 16, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Eleven
Dr. Arbery discusses Ezra Pound’s “The River-Merchant’s Wife.”
05:51
April 15, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Ten
Dr. Arbery, thoroughly enjoying himself with William Carlos Williams’s “This Is Just To Say.”
04:25
April 14, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Nine
Dr. Arbery recites a particularly fitting poem for Easter Monday, George Herbert‘s “Easter Wings.”
06:09
April 13, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Eight
For Good Friday, Dr. Arbery reflects on Gerard Manley Hopkins‘s “No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief.”
03:45
April 10, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Seven
Dr. Arbery on Gerard Manley Hopkins‘s “Binsey Poplars.”
06:19
April 9, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Six
Dr. Arbery recites and analyzes a WCC favorite, Gerard Manley Hopkins‘s “God‘s Grandeur.”
08:53
April 8, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Five
Dr. Arbery recites and reflects on Richard Wilbur’s “Two Voices in a Meadow.”
04:05
April 7, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Four
Dr. Glenn Arbery reflects on William Wordsworth‘s “Surprised by Joy.”
05:26
April 6, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Three
Dr. Glenn Arbery discusses Richard Wilbur‘s “Mayflies.”
06:27
April 5, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode Two
Dr. Glenn Arbery discusses Ezra Pound‘s “In a Station of the Metro.”
03:02
April 5, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Episode One
Dr. Glenn Arbery discusses William Wordsworth‘s “Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room.”
05:29
April 4, 2020
“A Ragged Patch of Glow:” Introduction
“I have started a blog just to look at a lyric poem a day—insights, glimpses of emotion, intuitions of beauty. I don’t have a program of instruction in mind, just a way to draw on the heights and depths of the capacities of language. I hope that the poems bring a moment or two of clarity.” -- Dr. Glenn Arbery, President of Wyoming Catholic College
03:52
April 4, 2020