This is one of Shakespeare’s most well loved sonnets and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it is my current favorite as well. Typically analysis of this poem overall takes the incredibly literal approach to the content in saying that Shakespeare is saying that this one woman’s beauty is eternal and will never fade away because he has written … Continue reading Classics: “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?”
As a poet and as a human being, Longfellow was rather a shining example of insight, strength, optimism, courage, and good coming from the forging fires of sorrow, loss, grief, and great struggle. While many poets’ words live on because of their artistry, I would argue that Longfellow’s words live on more because of their … Continue reading Classics: Loss and Gain
I love this piece by Marlowe, although it is not a stand alone piece, as all the others in this Classics series thus far have been; it’s an excerpt from one of his plays, Hero and Leander. What I love about this piece is the youthful hope, that for most of us has been destroyed, … Continue reading Classics: Who Ever Loved That Loved Not at First Sight?
This piece has many layers. Those who know Herrick and his contemporaries in the Renaissance know that poetry of the time fit into three categories: religion, politics, or sex. Herrick tended to fall into the later of those three more than any other despite having been a pastor early in his life. (A fact that … Continue reading Classics: To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
This is, I think, my father’s favorite poem and a personal favorite of mine as well. I don’t know if it was the images of trees breaking through the ruins I was thinking about when I was writing The Old Broken House With The Tree Growing Through It instead of sleeping last night or something … Continue reading Classics: The Road Not Taken
As strong as the literary influences have been recently, it seems that perhaps the thing to do is to share some of these much loved classics with you. With that in mind, I’m starting a new series I may occasionally post to called Classics. I don’t know exactly how this will all turn out, it’s … Continue reading Classics: Sonnets From the Portuguese
I don’t know how the rest of you find a space to focus and work, to relax, to think and meditate, or just to breathe, but for me music is essential. I have always done my best writing, studying, and thinking with good music playing the soundtrack of my life at that moment. Today’s soundtrack … Continue reading Soundtrack of My Life