Lecture 94: Before and After

Illustrated London News 1914-16 Volume 30 of The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton In his 1910 book William Blake (see also the lecture, William Blake), G.K. Chesterton says that we all wake up on a battlefield, a reference to the spiritual warfare into which each of us is born. Five years later, Chesterton had rather more [...]

Lecture 93: Laughing in Rhyme

G.K. Chesterton’s first book was nonsense poetry. His first book of prose had an essay in defense of nonsense. W.H. Auden did not encounter that first book, Greybeards at Play, until about seventy-five years later. He said that it contained “some of the best pure nonsense verse in English.” He went on to say, “I [...]