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Roman nature

How poetry helped one scholar understand his mother

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Stephen Greenblatt.(Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Gazette)

Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt talks anxiety and nature with Blake Eskin in this week’s New Yorker podcast. Greenblatt says the Roman poet Lucretius—specifically his poem On the Nature of Things—helped him understand his Jewish mother and the blessings that, he explains, went “squandered” and “undigested” due to her fears.

His (subscription-only) essay on the ancient poem can also be found in the magazine’s August 8 edition.

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Roman nature

How poetry helped one scholar understand his mother

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