Chichester Cathedral's stone effigy famously influenced Philip Larkin's An Arundel Tomb. But a new discovery suggests it may have inspired the tale John Keats wrote as La Belle Dame Sans Merci too.
Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
Malouf's late return to poetry seems to bring him back in a new way to steadying poems that do justice to the open gaze, the sly wit, the swift imagination and the poise he has in spades.
Take the time to engage with poetry on your own terms.