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Line Lengths and a Viking Bunny

So I have been thinking about line lengths lately. I am working on a set of poems loosely set in ancient Greece, which has led me to sorta kinda use iambic pentameter, which means ten syllables with an unstressed followed by a stressed syllable, times five. 237 more words


Martin Scriblerus and The Traveling Wilburies. Less than the sum of their parts...

At the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference, a discussion of “Martin Scriblerus” made me recall the Traveling Wilburies.  The so-called Scriblerians really were the Wilburies of their day…  in that they were so very much less than sum of their parts.  405 more words

Genius of Place

To build, to plant, whatever you intend, / To rear the column, or the arch to bend, / To swell the terrace, or to sink the grot; / In all, let Nature never be forgot. 148 more words


275 Years Ago: The Man Who Murdered the English Language

Forget the death of the novel: 275 years ago, a man was tried and (more or less) convicted of murdering the whole of the English language. 611 more words


Heat, Michael Mann (1995)

In my yoot it seemed obvious that cinema auteurs fell into two categories: then (chiefly for me Renoir, Keaton, Murnau, Lang, Wilder, (Anthony) Mann, Fellini, Hitchcock, Godard, Antonioni, etc.) and… 242 more words


From "An Essay on Criticism" (Alexander Pope)

A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.

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