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History of Literature Episode #138 - Why Poetry (with Matthew Zapruder)


In his new book Why Poetry, the poet Matthew Zapruder has issued “an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for its accessibility to all readers.” The poet Robert Hass says, “Zapruder on poetry is pure pleasure. 162 more words


cognitive dissonance

cognitive dissonance

(1970’s | academese | “ambivalence,” “confusion”)

“Cognitive dissonance” is what happens when facts confront beliefs. The expression has a single author, psychologist Leon Festinger, who sought to prove that people “need to maintain consistency between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors” (so says… 618 more words


John Keats: Beauty in an Ode

Beauty in an Ode

John Keats strives to blend his opinion into his written works as he goes along perfecting his craftsmanship. In “Ode on a Grecian Urn” he not only expresses how he feels about love and beauty in the world, but also brings attention to how idealistic he finds the Greeks and their ways to be – the word “ode” actually being Greek in origin, translating to “sung” – while gently touching on how art interacts with the human mind. 1,276 more words


"La Belle Dame Sans Merci," by John Keats

O, what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the lake,
And no birds sing.

O, what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, 269 more words

31 days-13 Favorite Quote

Come sit with me.  Let’s share some poetry!

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,–That is all/ ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”

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31 Day Challenge

The Selfsame Song

The first time I heard a nightingale I was eighteen years old and visiting family in a quiet suburb of Rome. Everyone had gone to bed and left me to the living room sofa where I was to sleep, but I lay awake and savoured the balmy midnight that entered through the open doors. 372 more words

Wise Words with Bruce Wise


What the Zuck Did he Say?
          by Eric Awesud Ble

On Sugar Mountain, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg
has testified before the scrutinizing Senators.
To questions he was asked, he worked to make his words seem true, 1,919 more words