The Effulgence Within

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Legion of Religionists

There was once a playful fly who With an intent for amusement Bit rather tight on the shiny Inviting pate of a cocky bald gent Screaming, Oh you b****** The dude landed on his head a crashing slap Dodging, mocked the fly Serves you right, and with glee I clap At your foolery questing for vengeance... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Divorce in Pure Goodness

Batter my heart, three-person'd God; for you As yet but knock; breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an usurp'd town, to another due, Labour to admit you, but O, to no end. Reason, your viceroy... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Divide in the Division

Two disciples, serious practitioners both, so goes the Zen story Ate of two bowls the one; his brother, of only one bone china The same food served at their revered monk’s monastery Pale and shriveled shrank one, the other, grew to a wiry hyena Worried and wearied asked he of his friend “Tell me O... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Momentous Reunion

It was as idyllic as a sunny Sunday could be, the surrounding treelines and the tiny specks of clouds in the otherwise clear skies seemed as if undulating in a soft breeze, the temperature hovering around an amiably soothing 72 degree Fahrenheit, promised a perfect day to go frolicking in happy... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Life in Kinship

Wordsworth’s poem “ The Old Cumberland Beggar ” was composed in 1798 and published in Lyrical Ballads (1800 edition). It is a touching narrative of kindness keeping a shell of a man alive; while also an exhortation against the legislative measures to get beggars into poorhouses. Scoffing at the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Lucy Mystery

Of the five Lucy poems composed by Wordsworth four were printed in Lyrical Ballads of 1800. These four poems, all in the lyrical vein, are sober meditations on the death or apprehension of death of a girl who was the object of a deep and tender love. The love is not impassioned but meditated in... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Strength of resolute unbending spirit

Another classic, immediately gripping, a narrative poem, 484 lines, if you are interested, it's Here. Such a worthwhile read it was for me. W ordsworth’s poem “Michael” occurs in Lyrical Ballads (1800). The poem’s sub-title “A pastoral poem” indicates that the poet is consciously rejecting the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Behind the World of Echoes

In There Was a Boy, Wordsworth addresses not the boy who is now dead but the cliffs and islands of Lake Windermere that had outlasted him. The scene is widened to take the stars rising in the east and setting. It is in this context of the vast spaces of the universe and the inexorable movement of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

She was a Phantom of Delight

I share my further delight of Wordsworth's wonderful poems... (they are of a mystic's) Wordsworth’s poem “ She was a Phantom of Delight ” is a tribute to his wife Mary Hutchinson who was his cousin and, while a girl, had been his schoolmate. They both were born in 1770 and were united in marriage in... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Universality of language in tranquillity

"The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more." ( The Solitary Reaper ) In the course of one of his walking tours, Wordsworth once saw a Scottish Highland girl reaping and singing all alone in a field. Her song, which had a melancholy ring, filled the entire valley, and the poet was... Sign in to see full entry.

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