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William Blake’s Masterpiece Illustrations of the Book of Job (1793-1827)

20/05/2017 1 Σχολιο

Job's Comforters

 

September 9th, 2016

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Orthodox thinkers have not often found the answers to suffering in the Book of Job particularly comforting—an early scribe likely going so far as interpolating the speech of one of Job’s more Pollyannaish friends. The gnarly metaphysical issues raised and never quite resolved strike us so powerfully because of the kinds of things that happen to Job—unimaginable things, excruciatingly painful in every respect, and almost patently impossible, marking them as legend or literary embellishment, at least.

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The Forward poetry prize at 20

13/07/2016 Σχολιάστε

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Set up to bring greater attention to contemporary poetry, the Forward prize celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. Fellow poets and writers pay tribute to those who have won the Best Collection

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Q. Horatius Flaccus (Horace), The Art of Poetry: To the Pisos

17/02/2016 1 Σχολιο

Horace reads before Maecenas, by Fyodor Bronnikov

 

 

C. Smart, Theodore Alois Buckley, Ed.

 

If a painter1 should wish to unite a horse’s neck to a human head, and spread a variety of plumage over limbs [of different animals] taken from every part [of nature],2 so that what is a beautiful woman in the upper part terminates unsightly in an ugly fish below; could you, my friends, refrain from laughter, were you admitted to such a sight Believe, ye Pisos, the book will be perfectly like such a picture, the ideas of which, like a sick man’s dreams, are all vain and fictitious: so that neither head nor foot can correspond to any one form. "Poets and painters [you will say] have ever had equal authority for attempting any thing." We are conscious of this, and this privilege we demand and allow in turn: but not to such a degree, that the tame should associate with the savage; nor that serpents should be coupled with birds, lambs with tigers.

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Top 10 war poems

11/01/2015 Σχολιάστε

War memorial

Celebration and lament … the war memorial at Shildon, near Sedgefield. Photograph: John Giles/PA

 

This week marks a century since the outbreak of the first world war. Chosen from 1,000 years of English writing about war, poet and Oxford professor Jon Stallworthy selects some of the best attempts to think through this most extreme of human experiences

 

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