Giving brings happiness in every state of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous; we experience joy in the actual act of giving something; and we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.
— Buddha, taken from The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose, by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson. (via oupacademic)

Ezra Pound Poetic & Literary View

Ezra Pound Poetic & Literary View

ezra-pound2Pound calls for knowledge of the human nature of man, since,”it is obvious that ethics are based on the nature of man, just as it is obvious that civics are based upon the nature of man when living together in groups”. This necessary knowledge can only be supplied by the arts especially by poetry, which in consequence are given the status of an anthropology distinct from the other sciences.…

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The shot heard round the world…
On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, along with his wife Sophie, was assassinated in Sarajevo; by 4 August the world was at war. How did the death of one man lead to the deaths of 16 million from the trenches of northern France to the fort of Tsingtao? 
We have a timeline of events on Oxford Reference, another on our blog (also check it for some day-by-day blogging of events), and of course, the resources we’re sharing here on Tumblr .
One hundred years ago, no one knew what horrors lay ahead. Remember to wear your poppies this November and keep tumbling Great War history. 
Image credit: Heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, get into a motor car to depart from the City Hall, Sarajevo, shortly before they were assassinated by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip on 28 June 1914. Imperial War Museum. IWM Non Commercial Licence via Wikimedia Commons. 

oupacademic:

The shot heard round the world…

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, along with his wife Sophie, was assassinated in Sarajevo; by 4 August the world was at war. How did the death of one man lead to the deaths of 16 million from the trenches of northern France to the fort of Tsingtao? 

We have a timeline of events on Oxford Reference, another on our blog (also check it for some day-by-day blogging of events), and of course, the resources we’re sharing here on Tumblr .

One hundred years ago, no one knew what horrors lay ahead. Remember to wear your poppies this November and keep tumbling Great War history. 

Image credit: Heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, get into a motor car to depart from the City Hall, Sarajevo, shortly before they were assassinated by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip on 28 June 1914. Imperial War Museum. IWM Non Commercial Licence via Wikimedia Commons. 

She has already taught me this: Never underestimate either an old woman - or old blood.
— Alan Bradley, from The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (via the-final-sentence)
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Andrew Marvell’s “The Definition of Love”: An Analytical & Critical Overview

Andrew Marvell’s “The Definition of Love”: An Analytical & Critical Overview

coyMy love is of a birth as rare
As ’tis for object strange and high;
It was begotten by Despair
Upon Impossibility.

Magnanimous Despair alone
Could show me so divine a thing
Where feeble Hope could ne’er have flown,
But vainly flapp’d its tinsel wing.

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended soul is fixt,
But Fate does iron wedges drive,
And always crowds itself betwixt.

For Fate with…

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I am two fooles, I know,
For loving, and for saying so
In whining Poëtry;
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Renaissance Era: Edmund Spenser’s the “Amoretti” & “Epithalamion” (Sonnets 58 through 85)

Renaissance Era: Edmund Spenser’s the “Amoretti” & “Epithalamion” (Sonnets 58 through 85)

THE ‘AMORETTI’

These were printed in one volume in 1595. It is unlikely that all the sonnets of Amoretti were written at one time, or that all were originally addressed to Elizabeth Boyle, whose marriage to Spenser is celebrated in the Epithalamion. It is possible that the form of the volume, which presents a sonnet sequence dealing with the vicissitudes of a courtship, crowned by a…

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