Category Archives: Literature

JOLABOKAFLOD.

JOLABOKAFLOD. Annalisa called my attention to “jolabokaflod”, which translates roughly from Icelandic into English as “Christmas book flood”. This post on the jolabokaflod website gives the history: “Every year since 1944 [the year that Iceland obtained its freedom from Denmark], … Continue reading

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TRIVIA QUESTION ABOUT AN OLD MOVIE.

TRIVIA QUESTION ABOUT AN OLD MOVIE. A book review in the Wall Street Journal (July 8-9) cited two posters for a 1940 movie. The first poster says: “WHEN PRETTY GIRLS T-E-A-S-E-D MEN INTO MARRIAGE.” The second shout line for this … Continue reading

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VICTOR HUGO AT THE BARRICADES (SPOILER ALERT).

VICTOR HUGO AT THE BARRICADES (SPOILER ALERT). Les Miserables is a great musical. Several of the great scenes take place at a barricade that some students have erected in the uprising of 1832. The musical and Hugo’s book are sympathetic … Continue reading

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A BASEBALL POEM BY OGDEN NASH.

A BASEBALL POEM BY OGDEN NASH. Here is a link to: “Line-Up For Yesterday, An ABC Of Baseball Immortals”. It was published by Sport Magazine in January, 1949. The link is to the Baseball almanac website, which points out that … Continue reading

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SOME OGDEN NASH POEMS.

SOME OGDEN NASH POEMS. Kids, you may be unfamiliar with Ogden Nash because light verse is not taught in literature classes. I think the most famous Ogden Nash poem is: “Reflections on Ice-Breaking Candy Is Dandy But liquor Is quicker.” … Continue reading

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THE ONE-L LAMA.

THE ONE-L LAMA.Ogden Nash, to whom the poem “I eat my peas with honey” has been credited, was one of the great American poets. He has not received the recognition he should because, as I posted here, light verse does … Continue reading

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EATING PEAS WITH HONEY (COMMENT).

EATING PEAS WITH HONEY (COMMENT). “Milton” posted a comment on a post I made here about Virginia Woolf’s snobbishness and about Mary Jane pointing out to me a “cavone” eating peas with his knife in Venice. I am grateful for … Continue reading

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AND JOSEPH LANGLAND.

AND JOSEPH LANGLAND. And here is a poem by Joseph Langland: Hunters in the Snow: Brueghel Quail and rabbit hunters with tawny hounds, Shadowless, out of late afternoon Trudge toward the neutral evening of indeterminate form Done with their blood-annunciated … Continue reading

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AND WALTER DE LA MARE.

AND WALTER DE LA MARE. And here is a poem by Walter de la Mare: Brueghel’s Winter Jagg’d mountain peaks and skies ice-green Wall in the wild, cold scene below. Churches, farms, bare copse, the sea In freezing quiet of … Continue reading

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HUNTERS IN THE SNOW—WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS.

HUNTERS IN THE SNOW—WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS. Here is a poem by William Carlos Williams: The Hunter in the Snow William Carlos Williams The over-all picture is winter icy mountains in the background the return from the hunt it is toward … Continue reading

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