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99. (William Empson)

Whatever else its relationship to genre, wit is a particular way of coping with the world’s fragility, its tendency to waste and isolation. Wit happens when the intelligence detaches itself from a situation in which that fragility is keenly felt and is able, by virtue of that detachment, not only to extract from it those dispersed and discordant elements that threaten to waste and isolate life, but to arrange them in a balanced design that makes them seem as inconsequential as ornament. 794 more words


Passion The Gale

“On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail.
Reasons the card, but passion the gale.”
Alexander Pope

Shine On


To Err is Human; to Forgive, Devine

This quote from Alexander Pope’s poem, An Essay on Criticism has become something of a proverb, the author largely erased from ownership and the line becoming something of a moral truism. 185 more words


Coming Soon: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted… 11 more words


Like Nectar Pure, Perpetual Waters thro' the Grotto Glide

There are an awful lot of grottos in Florence, which reminds me of a song I can’t put a name to.

However……a grotto is a small picturesque cave, especially an artificial one in a park or garden. 613 more words

Boboli Personality

The Rape Of The Lock - Alexander Pope

Canto 3

Close by those meads, for ever crown’d with flow’rs,

Where Thames with pride surveys his rising tow’rs,

There stands a structure of majestic frame, … 1,605 more words


Is Any Education Useless?

I don’t think society understands or values learning today.  Knowing a lot of things, classed into disciplines, categories, and eras doesn’t seem important.  Rather, when people do go to school, the hope is to get a job out of one’s education.   284 more words