Archive for the Favorite Quotations Category

The Principle of Human Existence? It’s a GIFT.

"Gift is the principle on which the CREATOR has based human existence; it is the most pervasive, even if little noticed, reality of our lives. We have life itself by others' gift of procreation, pregnancy, and childbirth. We are sustained in life by the good things of […]

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Tolkien Reads “The Tale of Tinuviel”

In my lecture this weekend, I'll talk about Tolkien's poem "The Tale of Tinuviel." Here is a link to a recording of Tolkien reading that incomparable poem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhDgJwcJcVk&feature=related "The leaves were long, the grass was green, The hemlock-umbels tall and fair, And in the glade a light was […]

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How James Taylor Keeps My Dreams Alive

I teach a required general studies course called Introduction to Literature. It's a standard course at most universities. When I teach it, we spend the first seven weeks looking at poetry. I have a step-by-step method of analysis that I teach them: I take all the usual […]

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Good Poetry (David Whyte)

The Lightest Touch Good poetry begins with the lightest touch, a breeze arriving from nowhere, a whispered healing arrival, a word in your ear, a settling into things, then like a hand in the dark it arrests the whole body, steeling you for revelation. In the silence that follows […]

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Inspiration or Perspiration?

I LOVE this excerpt on the creative process from Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Cosmic. You can read the rest ofthe interview at http://www.examiner.com/x-19497-Madison-Books-Examiner~y2010m1d24-An-interview-with-Cosmic-and-Millions-author-Frank-Cottrell-Boyce?cid=edition-rss-Madison. Thanks to Lynn Maudlin for the link.   PW:  The theme of what it means to be/to have a dad in Cosmic is wonderful. Did […]

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