Walden Pond - Concord, MA.jpg

Quotable

O how feeble is man’s power,
That if good fortune fall,
Cannot add another hour,
Nor a lost hour recall!
— John Donne, Song (17-20)

Henry James: Cognitive Introspector-in-Chief

I look forward to unpacking and reflecting on this passage from Henry James’s The American:

His smile went through two or three curious phases. It felt, apparently, a momentary impulse to broaden; but this it immediately checked. Then it remained for some instants taking counsel with itself, at the end of which it decreed a retreat. It slowly effaced itself and left a look of seriousness modified by the desire not to be rude.

Soon…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

“Rip Van Winkle’s Lilac” – Melville’s Premonitory Vision of Posthumous Fame

Herman Melville read and studied the poetry of the great romantics. And so he likely had read, at least once, John Keats’s sonnet, “When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be.”

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charact’ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And feel that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour!
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love;—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think,
Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.

Compare Keats’s sonnet with these lines of verse that conclude Melville’s prose-and-verse piece, “Rip Van Winkle’s Lilac.” Keats, young; Melville, elderly; both writing in verse to express their hope for posthumous literary fame and glory. Neither knew wide-spread fame while alive, but because of the few friends and family who did understand and appreciate their work, they each flourished creatively.

                                Came about
That neighbors, unconcerned before
When bloomed the tree by lowly door,
Craved now one little slip to train;
Neighbor from neighbor begged again.
On every hand stem shot from slip,
Till, that region now is dowered
Like the first Paradise embowered,
Thanks to poor, good-for-nothing Rip!

Some think those parts should bear his name;
But, no, — the blossoms take the fame.
Slant finger-posts by horsemen scanned
Point the green miles–To Lilac Land.
Go ride-there down one charmful lane,
O reader mine, when June’s at best,
A dream of Rip shall slack the rein,
For there his heart flowers out confessed.
And there you’ll say,–O, hard ones, truce!
See, where man finds in man no use,
Boon Nature finds one–Heaven be blest!

Imaginarium: Sightings, Galleries, Sightlines – A New Book of Poetry by A. Robert Lee

 

imaginarium-book-preview-covers-300

A. Robert Lee

has just published another volume of poetry:

Imaginarium: Sightings, Galleries, Sightlines

This is his latest collection of poetry and is published by 2Leaf Press.

From the publisher’s website:

The term “imaginarium” refers to a “place” devoted to stimulating and cultivating the imagination, towards scientific, artistic, commercial, recreational, or a spiritual end. In this collection, Lee explores two connecting keynotes: imagination and sight that explores the way we go about imagining as much as seeing reality. Lee goes about this using an ekphrastic approach by commemorating a dozen or so celebrated visual artists and their works, among them J.M.W. Turner and Frida Kahlo. He extends the usual meaning of the term to include vantage-points like a French archeological cave, and then expertly frames a run of personal encounters within the heights and widths of buildings and landscapes.

To learn more about Lee’s new poetry volume, click here to visit the 2Leaf Press website.

This is A. Robert Lee’s third recent volume of published poetry. For more about the other two recent volumes – Ars Geographica and Portrait and Landscape – published by Printed Matter Press, click here.

Ars Geographica
Portrait and Landscape

 

Calendar

October 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Archives

Culture, Philosophy, Humor

Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the BrainOne of the things I first enjoyed when I was introduced to philosophy was its recursive nature: we c [...]

In ancient Greece, when visitors went to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, the very first thing they e [...]

Beyond Freakonomics: Musings on the Economics of Everyday LifeFor most of its history, economics has been an esoteric discipline concerned with abstract concepts [...]

Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies!With unprecedented access to the vast accumulation of knowledge of the world at our fingertips, it i [...]

Pawel Kuczynski's Thought-Provoking IllustrationsAs you've seen in this fascinating lecture by Slavoj Žižek, the logic of the reigning corporati [...]

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word CrimesYou may remember that about a year ago Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" created a [...]

Slavoj Žižek - On IdeologyOne of the more interesting lessons Hegel's dialectical method has contributed to our understan [...]

Sean Carroll vs William Lane Craig - God and CosmologyDoes the universe need an explanation for its existence, or can it be understood as a self-containin [...]

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on the Media's Bullshit Coverage of Malaysian Flight 370The recent, and now tragic, disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370, somehow turned into a journalisti [...]

Edward Snowden - Here's How We Take Back the InternetWhatever our feelings about Edward Snowden as a person are, and what his actions say about him (hero [...]

Right Living, Thinking, Etc

  • Two Truths News
  • Natural Living-Healthy Planet

We have a big announcement coming tomorrow. [...]

The Dalai Lama wrote messages of congratulations to both Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on t [...]

An Internet campaign to help pay Ashoka Mukpo’s medical bills is rapidly gaining traction online. Mu [...]

Our thoughts are with everyone at Berkeley Zen Center as they face the violent loss of Seiu Shinshu [...]

On September 16 a Tibetan man named Kunchok set himself on fire outside a police station in Tibet to [...]

Ashoka Mukpo, the son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s wife, Diana Mukpo, and her second husband, Mitch [...]

There will be no Nobel Peace Prize winners in South Africa this month. The World Summit of Nobel Pea [...]

In a recent talk in India, the Dalai Lama claimed that Chinese President Xi Jinping has made public [...]

Founding teacher Lama Sonam Tsering leads classes on opening day Saraha Children’s School in Eugene, [...]

(NaturalNews) Frontline infectious disease workers are breathing a cautious sigh of relief in the Un [...]

(NaturalNews) A field of unregulated genetically modified (GM) wheat has been discovered growing wil [...]

(NaturalNews) The "innovative" and "challenging new compounds" created each day [...]

(NaturalNews) A growing segment of the mainstream media is now engaging in cognitive dissonance rega [...]

(NaturalNews) It's October, and with that we are blasted with pink paraphernalia and special ev [...]

(NaturalNews) As much as we all love organic foods, there's times when we certainly don't [...]

(NaturalNews) Ebola is likely to "consume" every Third World country and then devastate we [...]

(NaturalNews) The United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) is having trouble meeting the escalat [...]

(NaturalNews) Eating is something we take for granted due to conditioning. As little kids, what choi [...]

(NaturalNews) When public servants rudely go out of their way to pry into other people's busine [...]

Science News

  • The Universe Today
  • Perimeter Institute
  • Science Daily
  • Sky and Telescope

Talk about using old data for a new purpose! Researchers re-examining information from the completed [...]

Get those solar viewers out… the final eclipse of 2014 occurs this Thursday on October 23rd, and mos [...]

Mars was once thought to be a fairly unchanging planet, similar to the Moon. But now we know it is a [...]

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Allen Versfeld at his Urban Astronomer blog. Click here t [...]

Not to be outdone by the feisty Opportunity Rover, the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance O [...]

When they first set foot on the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts painted a picture of the landscape as [...]

This isn’t quite like Luke’s trench run in the Battle of Yavin, but it’s waaay more awesome in that [...]

It’s a-comin': a “monster” sunspot is steadily rotating around the Sun’s southern hemisphere an [...]

2014 – a year rich in eclipses. The Moon dutifully slid into Earth’s shadow in April and October gif [...]

There’s a very early-stage NASA concept to take a submarine and dive into a lake of Titan, that moon [...]

The Last Gasp of a Black HoleFriday Oct 17, 2014 New research from Perimeter shows that two of the s [...]

Teachers Who Inspired Great ScientistsThursday Oct 02, 2014 A great teacher can change the world. [...]

Are Weak Values Quantum? Don't Bet On ItTuesday Sep 23, 2014 New work asserts that a key techni [...]

New Results Cloud Earlier Gravitational Wave ClaimsTuesday Sep 23, 2014 New measurements of galactic [...]

From Faraday to Present DayThursday Sep 18, 2014 How a curious 19th century mind shaped our world.  [...]

New Perimeter Researcher Probes Nature's Building Blocks in Novel WaysTuesday Sep 09, 2014 Raff [...]

Turok Elected to Royal Society of Canada Friday Sep 05, 2014 Perimeter Institute Director Neil Turok [...]

ISSYP: A Decade of InspirationFriday Aug 29, 2014 Happy Birthday, ISSYP! Perimeter’s theoretical phy [...]

Schrödinger’s Cat: Wanted Dead and AliveThursday Aug 07, 2014 We present a unique look at the most f [...]

The Black Hole at the Birth of the UniverseWednesday Jul 30, 2014 Our universe may have emerged from [...]

Immersed in violence: How 3-D gaming affects video game playersPlaying violent video games in 3-D makes everything seem more real – and that may have troubling con [...]

Let there be light: Evolution of complex bioluminescent traits may be predictableA longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable. A team of researchers [...]

Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missionsCrewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to [...]

By analyzing DNA from petrous bones of ancient Europeans, scientists have identified these peoples r [...]

Kung fu stegosaur: Lethal fighters when necessaryStegosaurs might be portrayed as lumbering plant eaters, but they were lethal fighters when necessar [...]

Big black holes can block new starsMassive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block for [...]

Ocean's living carbon pumps: When viruses attack giant algal blooms, global carbon cycles are affectedBy some estimates, almost half of the world's organic carbon is fixed by marine organisms calle [...]

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cellsA cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound has been developed to h [...]

Exposure to aluminum may impact on male fertility, research suggestsHuman exposure to aluminum may be a significant factor in falling sperm counts and reduced male fert [...]

Salmonella-infected mice that were given antibiotics became superspreadersSome people infected with pathogens spread their germs to others while remaining symptom-free themse [...]

NASA scientists have found three potential Kuiper belt objects in the nick of time, saving the Pluto [...]

The post Lunar Eclipse 10-8-14 three minutes before 2nd contact appeared first on Sky & Telescop [...]

The post October 8, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse Composite as seen from Ohio appeared first on Sky & [...]

The post October 8, 2014 Lunar Eclipse appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

The post Blood Moon 2014_10_08, MiaoLi County, Taiwan appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

The post Moon Eclipse Oct. 8 appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

The post Moon Rise with Eclipse (Miao-Li, Taiwan) appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

The post Composite of Eclipsed Moon, Uranus, & Background stars appeared first on Sky & Tele [...]

The post Lunar eclipse composite from California appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

The post Lunar Eclipse time lapse 10-8-14 appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]