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The dog and the rhinoceros

Textual criticism is not a branch of mathematics, nor indeed an exact science at all. It deals with a matter not rigid and constant, like lines and numbers, but fluid and variable; namely the frailties and aberrations of the human mind, and of its insubordinate servants, the human fingers…A textual critic engaged upon his business is not at all like…

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All his little words

Yesterday, I listened to most of the album 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields, which I hadn’t played in its entirety in a couple of years. 1,189 more words


When the Eye of Day is Shut

It has been some time since I have returned to A. E. Housman but this poem, from the collection ‘Last Poems’, came back to me again. 114 more words


Seven days to go

Yesterday we mixed the Christmas Cakes (using a Mary Berry recipe) and tied up some loose ends. As the day closed it started to sink in that we only have seven more days with the group. 454 more words

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Oh When I was in Love With You

It has been some time since I have used a Housman poem on this blog but the lines from this one have hung around me for the last few days so it needs to be shared. 64 more words


Loveliest of Trees, the Walnut Now*

It has been one of those weeks, the sort that has left Keith incapable of doing much more than boiling water for tea and finding a sunny spot to sit and drink it in.   719 more words

The Perry Farm Chronicles