Q Marks the Spot 139 (May 2020)

Sacred Treasure Comparing COVID-19 and the Chernobyl disaster? Here is a literature academic living in Turkey who grew up in Kyiv at the time of the disaster. You might not accept all he says - but he has an important…

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Echoes from Eternity: 22. Seamus Heaney out and about

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If you find yourself talking about nature in poetry, it is inevitable before too long that Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) is going to crop up. He was a master: prolific and powerful poet, Nobel Literature Prize laureate, Oxford Professor of Poetry,…

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1917 and the Futile Pilgrimage

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I got rather carried away after I saw the latest Sam Mendes film (in the cinema with friends in the States last October... who'd have believed it possible in these strange lockdown days??). 1917 worked its way into the recesses…

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Echoes from Eternity 21. Gerard Manley Hopkins in Spring

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It's almost as if there's a contradiction in terms between the glories of the early English spring and this season of Covid19 horror and fear. UK stats are looking horrendous. And yet, and yet... The natural world is breathing deeply…

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Echoes from Eternity: 20. C. S. Lewis’ poems

Most don't associate Lewis with his poetry. My understanding is, however, he would have far preferred to be known as a poet than almost anything else he wrote (and which brought him countless loyal readers). These three have stood out…

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Echoes from Eternity 18. John Donne

John Donne as a young man (1595) - National Portrait Gallery, London John Donne's poetry is often difficult, sometimes perplexing and troubling, but always rewarding if closely attended to. He completely loses me quite often. But I keep returning to…

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Easter Greetings from around the world!

No vlog today instead there's THIS...! Χριστός άνεστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBw99xQUSqk If this video doesn't display, click here Was fun to be part of this great project from the Rabbit Room folks. 40 countries25 languagesI identified: English (American, Canadian and…

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Echoes from Eternity 14: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, photograph by Bridget Lacombe (Smithsonian, NPG) Today, the voice of an angel. Nope, I don't have delusions of celestial proportions. I'm referring to the great African-American writer, Maya Angelou (1928-2014) who died not so long ago. In fact,…

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