Good company (Features) , May 2013, 20
Shakespeare's actors brought his plays to life, but what kind of relationship did he have with them?
Cries of London (Books) , March 2013, 71
A review of London: A History in Verse by Mark Ford
Household spies (Books) , February 2013, 66
A review of The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford
Uniworsity? (Books) , January 2013, 73
A review of What are Universities For? by Stefan Collini
Keep for end (Books) , November 2012, 71
A review of Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett
Ben Jonson's violent laughter (Books) , April 2012, 66
A review of Ben Jonson: A Life by Ian Donaldson
Victoria to Vietnam (Books) , December 2011, 78
A review of The Journals and Diaries of E. M. Forster (The Pickering Masters) by Philip Gardner
Committed to detachment (Features) , April 2011, 21
On the enigmatic Andrew Marvell.
Newman's worldwide mind (Features) , March 2011, 4
On one of the nineteenth century's most original thinkers.
Truthful myths (Books) , October 2010, 69
A review of The Spirit of England: Selected Essays of Stephen Medcalf (Legenda Main Series) by Stephen Medcalf,Brian Cummings,Gabriel Josipovici
Among friends (Books) , September 2010, 64
A review of True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities Series) by Christopher Ricks
Many voices (Features) , April 2010, 20
On Tennyson Among the Poets: Bicentenary Essays, edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and Seamus Perry.
Medieval Will (Books) , December 2009, 64
A review of Shakespeare and the Middle Ages by Curtis Perry,John Watkins
Doubt wisely (Books) , October 2009, 76
A review of The Poems of John Donne: Volume One by Robin Robbins
An English voice (Features) , April 2009, 19
On the poetry & criticism of Edward Thomas.
Pitch highly strung (Books) , December 2008, 71
On the collected critical writings of Geoffrey Hill.
The art of reality (Books) , October 2008, 63
On How Fiction Works, by James Wood.
Luminous details (Books) , January 2008, 77
On Ezra Pound: Poet, Volume 1: The Young Genius 1885-1920, by A. David Moody.
Not saying anything (Books) , October 2007, 73
On C. Day-Lewis: A Life by Peter Stanford.
Thinking makes it so (Books) , June 2007, 84
On A. D. Nuttall's Shakespeare the Thinker.
Academimic (Books) , April 2007, 81
On Craig Raine's T. S. Eliot.
William's tale (Books) , February 2007, 63
On John Haffenden's William Empson: Against the Christians.
Donne's “dialogue of one” (Books) , January 2007, 69
On Donne: The Reformed Soul by John Stubbs.
Betje life (Books) , December 2006, 70
On A. N. Wilson's Betjeman and Betjeman's Collected Poems.
Of two minds (Books) , June 2006, 85
On Arthur Hugh Clough: A Poet's Life by Anthony Kenny
Palpable designs (Books) , January 2006, 71
On Juliet Barker's Wordsworth: A Life.
Ambiguous type (Books) , May 2005, 73
A review of William Empson, Volume I: Among the Mandarins, by John Haffenden.
Robert Southey: pathos & tragedy (Books) , April 2005, 66
A review of Robert Southey: Poetical Works 1793-1810, by Robert Southey, edited by Lynda Pratt.
“Being a poet” (Books) , February 2005, 61
A review of Stephen Spender: The Authorized Biography, by John Sutherland & New Collected Poems, by Stephen Spender, edited by Michael Brett.
Thom Gunn, 1929-2004 (Notebook) , November 2004, 78
On the passing of Thom Gunn, a poet who welcomed “Eliot’s ideal of ‘impersonality’ and scorning ‘confessional’ poetry as well as overmuch theory.”
The Steiner school (Books) , January 2004, 73
A review of Lessons of the Masters, by George Steiner.
John Clare: freedom & enclosure (Books) , December 2003, 93
A review of I Am: The Selected Poetry of John Clare, edited by Jonathan Bate.
Writing for antiquity: the ironies of D.J. Enright (Features) , November 2003, 30
An affectionate reappraisal of the D. J. Enright, the English poet and man of letters who died last year.
The best Good Book (Books) , October 2003, 65
A review of God’s secretaries, by Adam Nicolson.
Hail, Muse! Etc. (Books) , June 2003, 84
A review of Byron: Life and Legend, by Fiona MacCarthy.
Beyond morality (Books) , December 2002, 88
A review of Christopher Marlowe: a Renaissance Life, by Constance Brown Kuriyama.
Where Eagletons dare (Books) , June 2002, 87
A review of The Gatekeeper: A Memoir by Terry Eagleton.
Much virtue in “if” (Books) , April 2002, 75
A review of Ungentle Shakespeare: Scenes from his Life, by Katherine Duncan-Jones.
All that glisters (Books) , January 2002, 68
A review of Philip Sidney: A Double Life by Alan Stewart.
Elusive stances (Books) , November 2001, 77
A review of How Milton Works by Stanley Fish
The critic as poet: Empson's contradictions (Features) , October 2001, 23
A consideration of William Empson upon the publication of The Complete Poems of William Empson, edited by John Haffenden.
March to the scaffold (Books) , September 2001, 111
A review of The Poems of Sir Walter Ralegh: A Historical Edition, edited by Michael Rudick.
Symbols & syntax (Books) , May 2001, 78
A review of Words Alone: The Poet T. S. Eliot, by Denis Donoghue.
Putting on the make-up (Books) , March 2001, 63
A review of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Volume 2: The Elegies, edited by Gary A. Stringer.
The survivor (Books) , January 2001, 73
A review of Thomas Gray: A Life, by Robert L. Mack.
Shorter notice (Books) , November 2000, 71
Paul Dean on The Knox Brothers, by Penelope Fitzgerald.
The maiden phoenix (Books) , October 2000, 72
A review of Elizabeth I: Collected Works, edited by Leah S. Marcus, Janel Mueller & Mary Beth Rose.
The dark horse (Books) , June 2000, 78
On World Enough and Time: The Life of Andrew Marvell by Nicholas Murray
Lightening the load (Books) , March 2000, 73
Seeing is revealing (Books) , January 2000, 74
Review of The Bible and Its Rewritings by Piero Boitani
At the point of extinction (Notebook) , December 1999, 78
Concerning secondary education in England
Arts of power (Books) , November 1999, 66
Review of The History of the Reign of King Henry the VII by Francis Bacon, edited by Brian Vickers
Abhorring a vacuum (Books) , June 1999, 78
Review of Shakespeare: A Life by Park Honan
Postponing & deferring (Books) , March 1999, 68
Review of The Warden: A Portrait of John Sparrow by John Lowe
Brontosauran bardolatry (Books) , December 1998, 77
Review of Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom
Selling Milton (Books) , September 1998, 67
Review of The Riverside Milton, edited by Roy Flannagan
Abiding questions (Books) , January 1998, 68
Review of The Art of Shakespeares Sonnets by Helen Vendler & Shakespeares Sonnets edited by Katherine Duncan-Jones
Shakespeare's one poem (Books) , November 1997, 70
Review of The Norton Shakespeare: Based on the Oxford Edition edited by Stephen Greenblatt et al.
The consecration of the heart: Ronald Knox (Features) , September 1997, 26
Empson's only heir? (Books) , May 1997, 81
Review of Essays in Appreciation by Christopher Ricks
After Edel (Books) , January 1997, 60
Review of Henry James: The Young Master by Sheldon M. Novick
Author? Author? (Books) , November 1996, 65
On Shakespeare's “Edward III” edited by Eric Sams
Empedocles at Dover (Books) , September 1996, 127
Review of A Life of Matthew Arnold by Nicholas Murray
Apologia pro Newman (Books) , June 1996, 70
Review of The Idea of a University by John Henry Newman, edited by Frank M. Turner
The last critic? The importance of F.R. Leavis (Features) , January 1996, 28
On the contemporary relevance of the teacher and scholar.
The poem as prayer (Books) , May 1995, 75
A review of “This Book of Starres”: Learning to Read George Herbert by James Boyd White.
Fighting for Herland: the sex wars of Gilbert & Gubar (Features) , April 1995, 16
On Sandra M. Gilbert & Susan Gubar’s No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the 20th Century.
Sons & husbands: D.H. Lawrence in love (Features) , February 1995, 17
On D. H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage by Brenda Maddox.
Shakespeare & company (Books) , November 1994, 58
A review of The Western Canon by Harold Bloom.
Kaleidoscopes of feeling (Books) , October 1994, 75
A review of The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry by T. S. Eliot.