Because what are weekends for if not for reading beautiful poems? “As kingfishers catch fire” by Gerard Manley Hopkins As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortalContinue reading “A Poem for the Weekend”
Our local library had its semi-annual book sale some weeks ago, and now finally, I’m here to blog the results! (And sorry there are no pictures. The camera’s not cooperating today.) On to the list: Best Film Plays, 1943-44 edited by John Gassner and Dudley Nichols A collection of ten classic screenplays, among them TheContinue reading “Spring Library Sale”
Again, thanks to The Oxford Book of English Verse, I found this lovely little thing: “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced –Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Pied Beauty””
I just finished The Picture of Dorian Gray last night and as promised, a review is in the works. In the meantime, I have a question for you. In Oscar Wilde’s preface to the novel, he states: There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badlyContinue reading “Update on Dorian Gray and a Question”
So, this post is a bit late. I usually do my “First Impressions” posts after reading only a chapter or two of a new book, but this time, my interest in reading exceeded my patience for blogging. I am now at Chapter 8 of The Picture of Dorian Gray, which puts me near the halfwayContinue reading “First Impressions: The Picture of Dorian Gray“
“Flower in the Crannied Wall” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower–but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.