Programme for “That Exquisite Echo”: Rhyme in English Poetry from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

Blake_The_BlossomThe programme for “‘That Exquisite Echo’: Rhyme in English Poetry from the Seventeenth Century to the Present” is now available. Taking place at St. Chad’s College, Durham University, on 12th September, the conference features papers on rhyme as a resource for poets from the seventeenth-century to the present day.

The keynote speakers for the conference are Michael O’Neill (Durham University) and Seamus Perry (Oxford University). To register, or if you have any questions, please contact The conference is organised by Oliver Clarkson ( and Andrew Hodgson (

9am-10am Registration & Coffee St Chad’s College

10am Welcome & Keynote Lecture Michael O’Neill (Durham) – Gleams and Dreams: Reflections on Romantic Rhyme

11.15am Tea & Coffee Break

11.35am Panel 1

  • Matthew Foley (Durham) – Twin Compasses: ‘th’art of Riming’ and John Donne’s Twisting Intellect
  • Lilah Grace Canevaro (Heidelberg) – Homer Unquestioned: Dryden, Pope and the Heroic Couplet
  • Lucy Kellett (Oxford) – ‘Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius’: Navigating the Crooked Roads of William Blake’s Lines and Rhymes in the Illuminated Books

1pm Lunch

1.45pm Panel 2

  • Olivia Reilly (Oxford) – ‘Another and yet the same’: Rhyme as Echo and Anticipation in the Musical Poetics of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Clara Dawson (Birmingham) – ‘Plated Goods’: Pseudo-Rhyme in the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Martin Dubois (Newcastle) – Hopkins’s Childish Rhymes

3.10pm Tea & Coffee

3.30pm Panel 3

  • Jack Baker (Durham) – ‘Music is feeling, then, not sound’: Rhyme and Reason in Wallace Stevens
  • Stacey McDowell (Bristol) – Norman Nicholson: The Surprising Inevitability of Rhyme
  • Ahmed Badrideen (Durham) – Rhyme in English Elegy

4.55pm Short Break

5pm Keynote Lecture Seamus Perry (Oxford) – Arnold Misrhyming

There will be drinks afterwards. If you would like to join for dinner at a local restaurant, please let Oliver Clarkson and Andrew Hodgson know at


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