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Lectionary music Poetry

19th November 19

This small blog has just had its 100th comment, rescued from the spam, in which a woman suggested that perhaps this place could do with snappy headlines. Good for marketing. Good SEO. But it misses the point of the dated posts. They are the readings for the day. For the new people, they come from […]

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Christianity Poetry Theology

Sunday Sonnet

The waters of Lethe remove all memory, all guilt, all shame, and all knowledge. In Greek mythology, it allowed a soul to enter into Hades with their guilt expunged. Or return, again. In Chinese mythology, the Goddess of Mercy gives a tea of forgetfulness before the soul is reincarnated: there is a thought, however, that […]

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Poetry

Wednesday Kipple

I am using Bartleby as a source for poems, and it is very good. What amuses me here is that Upton Sinclair, an Edwardian Revolutionary, counted Kipling as one of the progressives. He was seen as a radical, not an imperialist. Under this title the English poet has written a striking picture of the social […]

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Poetry

The modern situation.

More from Four Quartets. The modern situation is one of distraction: all information is propaganda, and the real must be supplanted with virtual reality. Too many people believe their statistical models, not enough doubt the theories, and use their traitorous lies to see the poverty that exists. Perhaps Eliot was prophetic. From Burnt Norton III […]

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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

Going from the time of the English Commonwealth to this fallen post enlightenment decline is a challenge. However, the old hymn here discusses sonnets, and that will suffice. Donne will be one of the flaming tongues above using his wordcraft to praise our Saviour and God. Holy Sonnet 8 If faithful souls be alike glorified […]

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Poetry

Wednesday Kipple.

We have dogs. We have cats. I would say this — not merely the dogs. Not merely. “The Power of the Dog” There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers […]

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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet

Every soul shall rise, but to what do we rise There is a reason the poet calls us to repentance. Holy Sonnet 7 At the round earth’s imagined corners blow Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise From death, you numberless infinities Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go; All whom the flood did, and […]

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Life New Zealand Poetry Social Change The Decline Wokeness

The week that is in reaction

Well, after Australia crashed out of the Rugby world cup,┬áthis weekend it was New Zealand’s turn. I had a certain sense of relief. The news had been taken over by rugby: life is more than that. When the game did happen (and we were losing) the one time there was a counter attack we could […]

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Life Poetry

Wednesday Kipple.

If the Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of any age, then those of the ages before and to come are ignored. To our peril. Prophets at Home “Hal O’ the Draft”–Puck of Pook’s Hill Prophets have honour all over the Earth, Except in the village where they were born, Where such as knew them boys […]

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Poetry

Modernist Poets.

More Eliot. More of the first quartet: Burnt Norton. The term twittering has more meaning in these days, as it is now branded, monetized, and used for virtue signaling and to engender the spirals of hate. But the poet says this is without meaning. The poet says it is not the twittering: it is the […]