“My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.” ― Mark Twain
Pound 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.…
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?
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.
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…
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…