Patrick Whalen

About Patrick Whalen

Patrick Whalen is Headmaster of St. Martin's Academy in southeast Kansas. Mr. Whalen is a Ph.D. candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Warfare in Epic Poetry

By |2019-06-05T15:40:46-05:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Civilization, Culture, Heroism, Homer, Iliad, Literature, Poetry, War|

A culture that fails to represent, or that misrepresents its wars in all their glory, gravity, and tragedy, is a weaker polity. Epic poetry, with its stark recording of the facts and feelings of war, can give cultures and communities access to the reality of warfare and inscribe its memory on the collective consciousness [...]

Imagination and Creation in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

By |2019-05-23T10:51:35-05:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: History, Imagination, Poetry|

Wallace Stevens’ poetry is replete with examples of this effort to understand and articulate the poet as creator of things and meaning… Wallace Stevens wrote in a letter to a friend that “[a]fter all, I like Rhine wine, blue grapes, good cheese… etc., as much as I like supreme fiction,” (Letters, 431) Despite this [...]