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Copyright and Fair Use
Poetry Tastes Good
Synesthesia: What Color is Saturday?
Songs in the Key of Life
Poem Hunter
The Bard's Birthday
A Poem in Your Pocket

Limericks, Limericks and Obsolete Skills, Limericks Last Day But One, Limericks Grande Finale

Poems Welcoming Spring

Poems (some with discussions, some without)


Good Company (Baker)

Twice Fed (Bassett)
Tiger, Tiger (Blake)
To My Dear and Loving Husband (Bradstreet)
Mary and Gabriel (Brook)
Indwelling (Brown)
Aurora Leigh (Browning)

Father William (Carroll and Southey)

A Prayer in Darkness (Chesterton)
The Convert (Chesterton); more discussion here
Eternities (Chesterton)
Gold Leaves (Chesterton)

The Last Decalogue (Clough)
To a Fat Lady(Frances Cornford)
i thank you God for most this amazing (Cummings)


Partings (Dickinson)
I Shall Know Why (Dickinson)
Will There Really Be A Morning? (Dickinson)
Exultation (Dickinson)

Batter My Heart (Donne)
Death Be Not Proud (Donne)
La Corona (Donne)
All Our Scattered Leaves (Donne)

The Waste Land (Eliot)

Fire and Ice (Frost)
Acquainted with the Night (Frost)
My November Guest (Frost)
Fragmentary Blue (Frost)
Out, Out (Frost)

Resurrection (Hagedorn)
Holy, Holy, Holy (Heber)

The Pulley (Herbert)
I cannot make sense of your ways (Herbert)
Love III (Herbert)
Yet Take Thy Way ... (Herbert)

God's Grandeur (Hopkins)
Spring and Fall (Hopkins)
The Windhover (Hopkins)
As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Hopkins)
He Hath Abolished the Old Drought (Hopkins)

Victor Hugo
Mother O' Mine (Kipling)

No Beauty We Could Desire (Lewis)

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls (Longfellow)
Loss and Gain (Longfellow)
A Psalm of Life (Longfellow)

A Prayer (MacDonald)
Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go (Matheson)
In Flanders Field (McRae)
Edna St. Vincent Millay

To A Lady Who Thinks She is 30, Old Men (Nash)

Annabel Lee (Poe)

Poetic Love and Peculiar Love (Raleigh and Marlowe)
Such is Time (Raleigh)

How Annandale Went Out (E.A. Robinson); Hint 1 ; Hint 2 ; Solution

Archibald and Isaac (E.A. Robinson)

Last Prayer (Rossetti)
My Gift (Rossetti)
Old and New (Rossetti)

Remembering (Sassoon)

The Dead Man (Sayers)

Prayer (Stevenson)
The Celestial Surgeon (Stevenson)

Leaves (Teasdale)

Crossing the Bar (Tennyson)

Death Shall Have No Dominion (Thomas)

All That is Gold Does Not Glitter (Tolkien)

A Pantheist Forgets the Pan (Whitman)
Preparation (Wilcox)
Nor Are Your Ways My Ways (Witt)
Saint Judas (Wright)

The Song of Wandering Aengus (Yeats)
The Stolen Child (Yeats)
Calvary (Yeats)


Books and Bookishness

What I Learned From Mr. Carter
On the Perils of Book Binging
Put Down That Book!
The Company We Keep
Let the Dead Vote
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Book of Nature: Banned (links to Jonathan's Touchstone article)
E. B. White: The Eloquence of Facts
Fidelity and Fiction (Lionel Shriver)

Book Reviews/Discussions
In the Heart of the Sea
Richard Selzer's Books
My Family and Other Animals
In Search of the Source
The End of the Affair
Following Gandalf
The Picture of Dorian Gray; more on DG
Galileo's Daughter
House of Mirth (Wharton)
Pale Horse, Pale Rider (Katherine Anne Porter)
Nature Never Stops Talking (Samuel Alibrando)
"There are words where thoughts should be" (Allan Bloom)
God's Smuggler
Dr. Paul Brand's books ("A world without pain")
A Severe Mercy (Sheldon Vanauken)
Hank the Cowdog ; Interview with Author
Live Deep (Walden)
Mirrors (good advice from Freddy the pig)
Salinger's Franny and Zooey
Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede
David Heddle's Here, Eyeball This!
Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyancinth Blue
Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

Book Recommendations
Our Childrens' Favorite Books
Books for Teens Meme
My Books



Human Relations
Love and Marriage
Promising and Predicting (Guy Mansini)
Choices (and The Devil Wears Prada)
McQuilkin on Choices
Lapses in Kindness (Willa Cather)
Keeping Vows (P.D. James)
Meals Were Nasty, British, and Short (Dalrymple)
Restraint (Dalrymple)
Critics (Fenelon)
Telling on Myself: Intolerance
Ugly Laws

Defining Morality
Can we judge an act by its consequences?
Sayers on Consequences
The Set of a Heart

Straight Talk
Ends and Means
You hate me!
Saying Names (Willa Cather)
Sticks and Stones
Promising (Guy Mansini): Promising and Predicting; Promising God; Waning Promises; What's in it for me?

Celebrities and Christians: Who Isn't Helping Enough?
Sallie Mae: Compassion
Fashion Statements

One Dad
You're Nobody til Somebody Loves You
Privacy: The Premise of Slavery
A Most Dangerous Film
If it was rape, why didn't she get an abortion?
Feder on Family
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
Accepting New Life, Displacing Nothingness
For Samuel and Josiah
Baby Survives Abortion; Mother Sues
The Right to Know
Gut Check

Making New Rules About Death
Terri Schiavo; more; more; Thirst ; Schiavo Isn't the Only One
We Will Die
Dehydration, Assault on Medical Ethics (Wesley J. Smith)
An Open Letter to My Wife (Mart Hartwig)

The Death Penalty
Thoughts On Executing Minors

The Strong and the Weak
Right Remembering
From Darwin to Hitler
Weeding Out the Weak
Michael J. Fox


The Right to Infect
If You Won't Listen to Jesus, Listen to the Lama

Pulitzer genes, no vote

Aesthetics and Art

Aesthetics and Ethics
Good Art versus Bad Art
Art and Taboo (Dalrymple)
Life is But a Dream: The effect of reductionism on art
The State of Poetry
Steiner: The power of fiction; Learning by Heart; Rudimentary Grammar of Unfathomable

Christian Aesthetics
Form and Content: Francis Schaeffer and Philip Yancey on Christian Art

1.Is Acting Risky for Actors?
2.Acting Revisited
3. How Acting Changes the Actor, Part I
4. How Acting Changes the Actor, Part II

The Scouring of the Shire; photo here and here.

The Scalpel and the Pen ; The Carapace of a Surgeon ; Humanizing Medicine (Richard Selzer)

Do you need to know anything about the artist? (more here)

Art and ID (Jackson Pollock)

Johnny Cash; More Cash
Aaron Rosand

The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Third Man
Winged Migration, Winged Migration Again
The Return
La Strada
The Island
LOTR and the Joy of Goodness
Tristan and Isolde
The Third Miracle
The Secret of Roan Inish