“We have developed an allergy to poetry; like the allergy to peanuts, but often worse. Take allegory, for instance. In the modern mind, it can induce a stroke. Most of the Bible, to say nothing of other significant literary works, has become unreadable or incomprehensible to us, because we cannot take ‘play’ seriously.”
— David Warren
Online Great Books is a long program to go through the Great Books in order and discuss them with a peer group.
A few searches for Vernon Lee seem to have landed on this blog. I featured Ms Lee as a link to JSTOR article some months before. Interest sufficiently piqued, I decided to look up her work and found the text of her book Hauntings.
The opening line is fantastic as it sets the mood and draws you in with the promise of mystery.
We were talking last evening—as the blue moon-mist poured in through the old-fashioned grated window, and mingled with our yellow lamplight at table—we were talking of a certain castle whose heir is initiated (as folk tell) on his twenty-first birthday to the knowledge of a secret so terrible as to overshadow his subsequent life.
It’s a tale as old as time. Updated for the 21st century with power couple John Cena and Nikki Bella. Still with a dash of Jane Austen.
Software Engineering Modeling Applied to English Verb Classification (and Poetry) ends the paper with a software engineering model of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Arrow and the Song, resulting in a strange and beautiful (but mostly strange) thing.