Pride and Prejudice and Poetry


pnp_proposalKelly Ramsdell Fineman, a poet and Janeite, has been working on poems in a format called an “etheree,” which starts out with a first line of one syllable with each succeeding line adding a syllable, and then working back down again. She has written Mr. Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth Bennet as an etheree, and it’s pretty awesome. Check it out!

Jane Austen poem featured in award anthology


Congratulations to Rob Hardy, whose wonderful poem “Jane Austen’s Toes,” originally published in The Apple Valley Review, has been chosen by poet Dorianne Laux for inclusion in the Best of the Net 2008 anthology.

Also, on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m., at the Northfield Public Library in Northfield, Minnesota, Rob will be giving an illustrated talk about his travels to Jane Austen sites in England (Bath, Chawton, Winchester, Stoneleigh Abbey, and Adlestrop).

Rob Hardy 1, Rudyard Kipling 0


We are delighted to report that AustenBlog reader Rob Hardy had a poem, “Jane Austen’s Toes,” published in The Apple Valley Review’s Fall 2007 issue. The poem (apparently inspired by a line in Carol Shields’ biography of Jane Austen) is quite lovely in our opinion and beats that Kipling fellow’s mash-poems about Jane all cold. Do check it out.