Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

Art imitates life, life imitates art. A phrase we’ve likely all heard, and an idea that blooms in a breadth of perspectives of art, and what art is to us, what it means to our lives. Do we unwittingly shape our lives to resemble the stories we read or see on the screen? Do we

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What’s up with thou? Er, or would it be, ‘What’s up with thee?’… ‘What’s up with ye?’ What’s up with English’s history of second-person pronouns, more specifically. That’s our topic of exploration today. Doing so uncovers more than the answers to frivolous questions of anachronistic grammar – the history and contemporary status of these pronouns

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Aug 10

A beautiful, kind, hardworking maiden lives mourning the loss of her parents under the ruthless regime of a horrible adversary full of spite. Luckily, the maiden has a friend that serves as her supernatural helper, complete with magic powers. A wonderful event is taking place in the near future, and the horrible adversary will not

Today, we delve through words into pictures – looking at the art of illustrating or illuminating, of pairing written works with visual accompaniment. We’ve all undoubtedly read and loved picture books as children. With fond memories do many of us think back to our favorite Dr. Seuss book (Horton Hatches the Egg was mine –

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Jul 20

Can poems be translated? On the surface, the answer would seem a simple affirmative. If any written piece could be translated, why would poetry be any different? Sure, there may be the occasional conceptual-misalignment issues, like the myth that Eskimo languages have hundreds of words for snow (actually, Eskimo-Aleut languages have about as many, and

Jul 13

Is poetry – and the narrative fictional arts in general – worth keeping? Worth teaching? The question is likely to elicit a chain reaction of gut responses from many of us. On the one hand – “No! Enjoyable luxuries perhaps, but we need to focus on practicality in schools and in our lives!” Or on

Mm, the sonnet. Let’s talk sonnets. Sonnets have a reputation as holder for overly saccharine, sappily rhymed love lines – a sort of poetic sugar packet, to be filled and passed around amongst love-sick paramours, but hardly to be taken with much interest or seriousness outside such pangs. Shakespeare’s sonnets generally make the cut of

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Jun 20

Ah, the issue of form. To write with form or free – that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to write Within the stringent narrows of convention, Or to make verse unbound, with free-form lines, And by ignoring structures, thus transcend them. Hyperquoted though it may be, alas it seems I can’t