I’ve been thinking about memorizing some of my favorite poems. I remember how in the fifth grade in Philly each of us had to take a chair beside our teacher’s desk when our time came and recite a poem of at least 28-lines. I honesty can’t recall the purpose of the exercise and don’t even remember the poem I chose. I suspect Mrs. Hazlitt was … Continue reading Why Memorize a Poem?
I have always been fond of the poet, John Keats. Maybe it’s because he seems to have been down on his luck so early in life and I just happen to be drawn to underdogs. When he was just eight, he lost his father, who died falling from a horse. At fourteen, his mother succumbed to TB, a disease that would prey upon the family, … Continue reading Intimations of Mortality: Keats revisited
Saw a sign yesterday that read, “Spring is coming soon.” That’s something we’re all wondering about, even in Kentucky, where we’ve been having an unusually cold March, which makes it hard to believe the Kentucky Derby is merely six weeks away. They say it may be related to melting glaciers changing our wind patterns. But the real sign nature is about to turn generous was … Continue reading Where are the songs of Spring?