Bookish Links — August 2017

In this letter to his then-fiancΓ©e Frances Blogg, a twenty-five-year-old G. K. Chesterton describes an ordinary day for him. His descriptions are characteristically wonderful: Out of the starless night of the Uncreated, that was before the stars, a soul begins to grope back to light. It gropes its way through strange, half-lighted chambers of Dreams,Continue reading “Bookish Links — August 2017”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).” Well, I’m not interested in YA,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer”

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Why People Hate Poetry

In an interview with CUNY TV, Irish poet Paul Muldoon advanced his theory for why so many people, particularly students, struggle to understand and enjoy poetry. According to Muldoon, it has to do with the way that poetry is taught in schools: in high school, he says, students are given the impression that they willContinue reading “Why People Hate Poetry”

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Poem of the Week: “On His Blindness”

You may recall I’ve shared some of John Milton’s poetry before on BGA. And while I still cannot fathom Paradise Lost (nor do I especially wish to), I can’t help but be impressed with Milton’s ability to combine raw emotion with beautiful form in his poetry. Here is a another sonnet he wrote after goingContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “On His Blindness””

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The Sweetest, Saddest Thing You Will Read All Week

I’ll be honest: I’m not the biggest poetry fan in the world, but every once in a while, I find a poem that reaches out and grabs me by the heart. That happened this week. I had actually read the poem long before, but some English lessons on the sonnets of John Milton reminded meContinue reading “The Sweetest, Saddest Thing You Will Read All Week”

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