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The Poet's Mistake

Erica McAlpine


Keats mixed up Cortez and Balboa. Heaney misremembered the name of one of Wordsworth's lakes. Poetry—even by the greats—is rife with mistakes. This book gathers together for the first time numerous instances of these errors, from well-known historical gaffes to never-before-noticed grammatical incongruities, misspellings, and solecisms. But unlike the many critics and other readers who consider such errors felicitous or essential to the work itself, the book makes a compelling case for calling a mistake a mistake, arguing that denying the possibility of error does a disservice to poets and the ... More

Keywords: poetry, grammatical incongruities, misspellings, solecisms, poets, poems, mistakes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691203492
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691203492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica McAlpine, author
University of Oxford