Ring Out, Wild Bells

Happy New Year! Why don’t we celebrate with a section from In Memoriam A.H.H. Tennyson wrote this poem, with its cantos of raw grief enveloped by a calmer ring of a Prologue and an Epilogue, to mourn the untimely death of his friend. Part of the structure of this poem works around annual celebrations that work in the … More Ring Out, Wild Bells

Christmas with Hopkins

With his emphasis on the embodiment of Christ in his poetry, the priest-poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins has quite a few seasonal poems to choose from. Last year, we looked at one of his darker Christmas poems, but I thought we would be a little more festive this year. The stanza above is from “Ad Matrem Virginem,” … More Christmas with Hopkins

Happy Life Day!

Only a few more days left until The Force Awakens comes out and ’tis the season to remember that this happened… That can’t be unseen. And here’s a further message from our favorite princess: This holiday is yours, but we all share with you the hope that this day brings us closer to freedom, and … More Happy Life Day!