Adam Sedia

About Adam Sedia

Adam Sedia lives Northwest Indiana, where he practices as a civil and appellate litigator. He is a poet with three published volumes, and his poems have appeared regularly in The Chained Muse, Indiana Voice Journal, and The Society of Classical Poets. He also composes classical music, which may be heard on his YouTube channel.

Shelley’s “Ozymandias” and the Immortality of Art

By |2020-11-27T14:45:27-06:00November 27th, 2020|Categories: Art, Culture, Literature, Poetry|

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” remains one of the best-crafted sonnets, as much for its vivid description as for the breadth and depth of its meaning. It is about much more than the futility of tyranny: It is about the power of art. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” is one of his shortest works, but also [...]

Behind the Lines: Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice”

By |2020-11-11T16:11:09-06:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Literature, Poetry, Robert Frost|

For all the poem’s structural simplicity, Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice” perfectly encapsulates the poetic concept of complex metaphor. The metaphor, in which the universe mirrors the human soul, has two contrasting components: fire and ice, the personal and the cosmic, the real and the theoretical, desire and hate. Anyone who has ever attended [...]


By |2020-06-11T18:19:15-05:00June 13th, 2020|Categories: Imagination, Poetry|

Turquoise waves on shell-white sand Rush forth – crashing, crashing, crashing – Dying gladly as they land, Surging, breaking, foaming, splashing. […]

“Concrete” Poetry and the Fall of Metaphor

By |2019-11-04T14:23:02-06:00November 6th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Tradition|

Central to classical poetry is the concept of metaphor—metaphor not simply as a rhetorical device, but metaphor as central to the poem itself. Such use of metaphor is absent from modernist poetry. In a worldview that denies absolute truth outright or at least its knowability, nothing exists for metaphor to reveal. In my last [...]

Clarity and Obscurity: The Essences of Classical & Modern Poetry

By |2019-06-27T18:08:39-05:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Tradition|

As a sustained artistic school, modernism cannot endure. But classical art is eternal because the ideas it expresses are eternal. A resurrection of classical form does not represent a return to the past, real or imagined, but instead a return to sanity, a reorientation of the artistic eye back to its natural, fully human [...]

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