Dr Erica McAlpine

I write about 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century poetry with a particular interest in lyric poems and their relation to mental processes. The book I am working on – called The Poet's Mistake – explores the nature of errors in poems and how critics have responded to such errors in complicated ways.

I am also a practising poet and translator. My first collection of poems, The Country Gambler, appeared in April 2016.



American literature (of the 19th and 20th centuries)

Contemporary poetry (British and American)

Theories of the lyric

Creative writing


  • James Merrill’s Puns

  • Good Grief: Paul Muldoon’s Elegies from Ireland to America and Beyond

  • The Country Gambler

  • Modernism by Craft: Poetry and Poetics in the Long Twentieth Century

  • To Catch the Last Applause’: the Poetry of A. E. Stallings

  • More
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