Journal of the Plague Year

Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of the Plague Year (1722). A novel disguised as an account of a public health scare that happened sixty years before the book was published. I would expect a book on this subject to be full of emotional appeals and specific fleshed- out characters suffering and being generally emotional. First, because we have gotten […]
Rainbow Friday Night

Rainbow Friday Night

Taken from my patio Friday evening.

Robinson Crusoe: Masterful Narrative Movement

Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe (1719). This story has incredible use of narrative movement, especially considering it is one man by himself for the largest part of the story. It is his focus, his thoughts, his point of view entirely that drives the story, and it is entertaining because there is as much real jeopardy as one […]
Champion Spelling Words: 2011 National Spelling Bee

Champion Spelling Words: 2011 National Spelling Bee

This past week the Scripps National Spelling Bee featured 275 spellers from age 8 to 15, spelling words most of us cannot even begin to imagine. The winner was Sukanya Roy of Scranton, PA who correctly spelled cymotrichous. The final nine words in the competition are listed below, with their meanings and correct spellings. (Even the […]

Bay Psalm Book

The Bay Psalm Book was the first book printed in the New World, in 1640. Its working of the Psalms into English metrical form, while not exactly praised by poets and critics today, shows something interesting about poetics  in English, and the great potential for English poetics in terms of syntax. I also find that […]

Remembering War Dead: Best Memorial Poems

While Americans observe Memorial Day today, a holiday commemorating U.S. men and women who died while in military service, I thought I would share eight of my favorite poems on the subject of war and loss. The Links on the poem titles will open a new window with the text of the poem. 8. “Soldier, […]
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