Versatile Uniformity

The Life of Jacob Revius (1586-1658) The polymath or Renaissance man, so common in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, is a rarity today. The ideal expresses a culture of versatility which we have come to view with suspicion these days. A scientist who seeks to be politically active or a painter who wishes to write…

The Tale Won’t Be Ended

The Poetry of J.H. Leopold One of the earliest publications by the poet Jan Hendrik Leopold (1865-1925), the Scherzo sequence of 1894, contains a poem that at first sight appears a model of simplicity – by Leopold’s standards at least. Leopold has the reputation of being a difficult, not to say obscure poet; which is why…