”We find ourselves continually swerving between imperfect or always already internally compromised experiences of beauty and sublimity.” Richard Eldridge, “The Persistence of Romanticism,” 112.

A break in the heat.

Cold drops blow in the window—

thunder rolls dark clouds.

The lights in the old

house flicker. Wordsworth courted

the sublime on long

walks. I stay put, a-

ware beauty’s surprise is home

to awe remembered.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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