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Suspending the Past

Stonehenge, Dan Falk comments in his book In Search of Lost Time, “was a place where people felt united with their ancestors, the gods, the earth, and the heavens; a place where participants felt they could transcend time”. 142 more words

Notes on “Big Cactus,” a Novel by Sylvia Wilkinson

In his third essay in Anatomy of Criticism, “Theory of Myths,” Northrop Frye places irony and satire in the “Mythos of Winter”:

As structure, the central principle of ironic myth is best approached as a parody of romance: the application of romantic mythical forms to a more realistic content which fits them in unexpected ways.

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Holy Thursday: Looking at the cat.

I heard a clip of Northrop Frye discussing Easter today on CBC radio. Frye wrote, among other wonderful books. “The Great Code”, in which he showed the vast structural underpinnings of English literature to be those of the Bible. 506 more words

Looking (far) back upon Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays.

It took a long time, but I finally finished reading Northrop Frye’s 1957 classic, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays, from cover to cover. It is, as Frye expressed in the opening paragraph, a work of “pure critical theory,” practically and appropriately biblical and epic in style and structure. 756 more words


Shakespeare Wrote For Money - February 2015

February 2015

Books Read:

  • Dating Shakespeare’s Plays: A Critical Review of the Evidence edited by Kevin Gilvary

  •  It’s Time to Re-Vere the Works of “Shake-Speare”: A Psychoanalyst Reads the Works of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford…

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Shakespeare Wrote For Money

The function of a teacher seems to me essentially the same as that of a minister – to bring color into a drab life.

Helen Kemp (in a letter to her husband, Northrop Frye)


Fearful Symmetry

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Tyger