Category Archives: Literature/Books

“The Dream of the Rood”

          I love this piece. Here’s a link to the full poem translated by Richard Hamer. The text I worked with was translated by Alfred David. Both are lovely. http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/oecoursepack/rood/translations/hamer.html And here’s my analysis. Hopefully it … Continue reading

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Travel adventure and the urge to roam and ramble and follow my footsteps

My literary tastes are inclined toward fiction to a fault, particularly the novel. I have always been a bit bemused by those insufferable realists who can’t understand why someone would spend hours reading a story that isn’t true. Resisting the … Continue reading

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Finding hope in hopelessness

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch Hap Thomas Hardy If but some vengeful god would call to me From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing, Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, That thy love’s loss is my hate’s … Continue reading

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The Brothers Karamazov

At 1:30 this morning I finished my hike through The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. And yes it was a hike. Through rushing rivers, sticky mud, and even some desert wasteland (those were the times when my eyes went on screensaver … Continue reading

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Great Epics

They are those stories that leave a lasting impression on the life of the reader. They engage both the heart and and the mind. They contain captivating plots within plots. Beneath these plots run deep themes of truth, love, meaning, … Continue reading

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Favorite Poetry–serious and non

“The World Is Too Much with Us; Late and Soon” The world is too much with us; late and soon,  Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our … Continue reading

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Recent Reads–Reviews

Deciding what to read when I actually find time to read always makes my life more difficult and complicated. Just walking into a library depresses me at times. So many books, so little time. Here are brief reviews of what I’m consuming lately. … Continue reading

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