poems like the Waste Land are so easy in that regard. one read is enough to stay in baffled amazement, though perhaps with a consciousness of how the words feel as they are strung together. but to get at the beginning of an understanding? i don’t want people to be left merely with the feeling of … Continue reading

thesis stuff

Epiphany at 1 AM in the morning while struggling through Discovering Modernism by Louis Menand: “I study T.S. Eliot.” Does it sound pretentious that I decided to work my thesis on one of the hardest poems in the English language? That question is something I struggle with from time to time, especially when trying to explain … Continue reading

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Votre âme est un paysage choisi Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques. Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur L’amour vainqueur et la vie opportune Ils n’ont pas l’air de croire à leur bonheur Et leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune, … Continue reading


The really great thing about this festival is that it’s helping me out of the funk I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life kind of thing I’ve been going through for the past few months. I’m thinking again, and finding new things that make me excited, or rediscovering old things that made me excited. Right before school ended, there was this … Continue reading

on prosody

In linguistics, prosody (pronounced /ˈprɒsədi/pross-ə-dee) is the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech. Prosody may reflect various features of the speaker or the utterance: the emotional state of the speaker; the form of the utterance (statement, question, or command); the presence of irony or sarcasm; emphasis,contrast, and focus; or other elements of language that may not be encoded by grammar or choice of vocabulary. — Wikipedia entry on “Prosody“ Ok, … Continue reading

did you leave because of my attic wife

I reread Jane Eyre some time last week, as it used to be one of my favorite books when I was in high school. I hadn’t reread it in a while, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie (starring Mia Wasikowska as Jane), which I somehow have not seen yet even though it’s … Continue reading