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Cynara by Ernest Christopher Dowson (Updated post)

Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion. by Ernest Dowson (1867 – 1900) Richard Burton’s voice in this reading continues to haunt me. It’s been about nine months since … Continue reading

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The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe – The Simpson’s Version

A classic and deservedly so. Ravens are quite common out here in the Mojave Desert, crows more likely haunting cities and farmland. I couldn’t find a Richard Burton reading so I settled for James Earl Jones with the Simpsons. Good … Continue reading

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From Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart (1722 – 1771)

From┬áJubilate Agno by Christopher Smart (1722 – 1771) All cats deserve an awesome poem, here, Smart writes what is certainly the most awesomeness ever penned for a cat.The brilliant John Frederick Nims relates, “After Cambridge, Smart supported himself in London … Continue reading

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My Life Had Stood – a Loaded Gun by Emily Dickinson

Who thinks a dog a loaded gun? Emily Dickinson did. (internal link) Dickinson was an extremely modest person who had nothing to be modest about. Attributing or imagining that animals have human characteristics or feelings has been with us since … Continue reading

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Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower by William Wordsworth

Blake envisions a future for his dead and darling Lucy as a muse for Nature itself. We all hope a loved one passes into a better world, that their death had some meaning, a purpose. But how many of us … Continue reading

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True Ease in Writing Comes From Art, Not Chance

This very short block of lines comes from Pope’s much longer Essay on Criticism (external link). He wrote this at 23, without the aid of a university education. The references are obscure to everyone except English Lit majors, perhaps, but … Continue reading

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Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord by Gerad Manley Hopkins

EDITOR’S NOTE: REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR! The Reverend Hopkins has appeared at this site before, here (internal link) and here (internal link). The quotation is from Jeremiah 12:1. The King James version reads, “Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead … Continue reading

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Wallace Stevens (Revised)

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) These are quotes and verses from another dead white guy with a classical Western education. I doubt he is studied anymore and that makes this a poorer world. Can you equal any of these lines? Especially this … Continue reading

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A. E. Housman Noting the Difference

Everybody thinks they are smarter than they are. You, me, everybody. Everybody thinks they are smarter than they are. Politicians also think they are smarter than they are. The difference between us and them is that they constantly seek to … Continue reading

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Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments by William Shakespeare

Took another look at Shakespeare’s sonnets. (internal link) Number 55 is very good, outlining the hope of all poets to live beyond the grave. Maxwell Nurnberg (A Gathering of Poems, Washington Square Press, 1969) says that the first two lines … Continue reading

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