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Love in Age: Michael Longley’s “Twayblade”

You can find the six line text of “Twayblade” by following this link to Clive James’s review of A Hundred Doors: http://www.clivejames.com/essays/articlessince/longley
It’s a delicate and subtle little poem and it would help you to keep it open in front of you as you read.

For all his passages of heavy-handed facetiousness, Clive James makes some perceptive and sympathetic observations. However, readers who follow the link will find him using the metaphor of “wrestling” to express a curiously literal-minded response to “Twayblade”. He suggests first that he found himself actually struggling to decide whether the description of the twayblade plant was … Continue Reading