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Something Worth the Trip: Is Poetry Worth it? Movement II

[In this post, Adam Cooper gives his response to the questions posed here. It's never too late to give your own! -ed.]   The Pasture, by Robert Frost I'm going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come ...

Something Worth the Trip: Why Read Poetry?

by Grubby   What do you expect from a poem when you see that it's written in iambic pentameter? In the worst poems, I expect inflated, self-aggrandizing rhetoric, like an old gasbag who thinks that he has high things to say; in the best, a delicate yet majestic structure, more like a hot air balloon wrought from marble, its ...

Jane Austen’s Broken Spine: Re-reading and Forgetting

by Grubby   My wife’s copy of Pride and Prejudice falls open naturally (that is, by a second nature in which its reader has thoroughly trained it) to a certain page near the middle of the book, in Chapter 35. This pivotal chapter consists almost entirely of a letter from Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, in which he explains ...

Beyond the New Sincerity: What is a Post-Post-Ironic Sensibility?

by Grubby   If you've seen The Lego Movie, you know that its tone is playful, self-deprecating, and whimsical. It has themes, but refuses to be ponderous about them. When the Master Builder Vitruvius states the moral message of the film in so many words (something along the lines of "You are special if you believe you ...