Happy New Year! Why don’t we celebrate with a section from In Memoriam A.H.H. Tennyson wrote this poem, with its cantos of raw grief enveloped by a calmer ring of a Prologue and an Epilogue, to mourn the untimely death of his friend. Part of the structure of this poem works around annual celebrations that work in the … More Ring Out, Wild Bells
With his emphasis on the embodiment of Christ in his poetry, the priest-poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins has quite a few seasonal poems to choose from. Last year, we looked at one of his darker Christmas poems, but I thought we would be a little more festive this year. The stanza above is from “Ad Matrem Virginem,” … More Christmas with Hopkins
This is gonna be a downer, but what do you expect from a Victorianist? Now this is probably the time for me to say that the Victorians don’t fit the neat stereotypes that we have for them. They weren’t as prudish, but their chairs were really overstuffed…yadda yadda yadda. But where’s the fun in that? … More Have Yourself a Dour Victorian Christmas
Only a few more days left until The Force Awakens comes out and ’tis the season to remember that this happened… That can’t be unseen. And here’s a further message from our favorite princess: This holiday is yours, but we all share with you the hope that this day brings us closer to freedom, and … More Happy Life Day!