A few thoughts about Conan Doyle’s Gothic masterpiece.
For students interested in the 19 century sensation novel, here’s a discussion by Melvyn Bragg and others.
Brian Higgins (1930 – 1965) is now forgotten as a poet but published three collections of poetry during his lifetime. This poem, “Analogy” comes from his second, Notes While Travelling (Longmans, London, 1964).
His first collection, The Only Need, was published by Abeland-Schuman (New York – London – Toronto) in 1960, and the final one (posthumously), The Northern Fiddler, by Methuen (London) in 1966. His death was ascribed to a ”rare heart condition”.
More on Higgins available on Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Higgins_(poet)
The portrait of Higgins is by Patrick Swift and is used courtesy of Wikipedia.
Listen to this short podcast on Tennyson’s poem, “Ulysses”.
A reading of the famous extract from John Donne’s Devotions upon Emergent Occasions. On my YouTube channel, English Readings.
Here is my 3-minute lecture on Jerome K Jerome’s classic, Three Men in a Boat.