“Of course he was a poet, he loved music at its most lofty, relished those old Breton tales about fairies dancing in the moonlight and, more than anything, was in love with Christine Daaé, his siren from the North.”—The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
“At the bottom of her heart, however, she was waiting for something to happen. Like shipwrecked sailors, she turned despairing eyes upon the solitude of her life, seeking afar off some white sail in the mists of the horizon.”—Gustave Flaubert
Poet of Nature, thou hast wept to know That things depart which never may return: Childhood and youth, friendship, and love’s first glow, Have fled like sweet dreams, leaving thee to mourn. These common woes I feel. One loss is mine Which thou too feel’st, yet I alone deplore. Thou wert as a lone star whose light did shine On some frail bark in winter’s midnight roar: Thou hast like to a rock-built refuge stood Above the blind and battling multitude: In honoured poverty thy voice did weave Songs consecrate to truth and liberty. Deserting these, thou leavest me to grieve, Thus having been, that thou shouldst cease to be.
I finally got my semester results. Distinction for Intro to English: Ideas of the Real! I’m really happy with that. Both of my History classes were Credits which I’m also happy with. I really had to fight my way through my Russia in War and Revolution class.
I’m getting everything together for next semester. My classes:
Modern Imagination in Europe (Camus, Kafka, Baudelaire + French Cinema, Impressionism, Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism)
Medieval English Literature (Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain, morality plays, lyrical poems)
Witchcraft and Heresy and Medieval Europe
Overall it should be a fun and hectic semester! Only 11 weeks instead of 13 this time. Eek! Lots of reading and writing to do.
Since I’m on holidays right now I have just been playing Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and resting. Going to read “Shakespeare on Toast” as prep for the class and when my books of the plays come in the mail I have to read all four before class begins, ack!
Next week I’m spending three nights in Sydney which should be fun! Going to buy books and see the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition.
“If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him? If he is infinitely wise, why should we have doubts concerning our future? If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers? If he is everywhere, why erect temples to him? If he is just, why fear that he will punish the creatures that he has, filled with weaknesses? If grace does everything for them, what reason would he have for recompensing them? If he is all-powerful, how offend him, how resist him? If he is reasonable, how can he be angry at the blind, to whom he has given the liberty of being unreasonable? If he is immovable, by what right do we pretend to make him change his decrees? If he is inconceivable, why occupy ourselves with him? IF HE HAS SPOKEN, WHY IS THE UNIVERSE NOT CONVINCED?”—Shelley, “The Necessity of Atheism” (1813 version)