only connecting

+++ The heart is an organ of fire. -Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient +++ The mind is a connecting organ. -I.A. Richards, The Philosophy of Rhetoric +++ … Assaying by his devilish art to reachThe organs of her fancy, and with them forgeIllusions as he list, phantasms and dreams… -John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV, 801-803 +++Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.-E.M. Forster, Howards End +++

The Garden

+++ …by love into a single volume bound,the pages scattered through the universe… –DANTE +++ Those thoughts to me were oaks. –SHAKESPEARE +++ …a book made full of days (pages),a ready effort full of all places thenthat may be because I have loved them… –DUNCAN +++ Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotationout of all forests and mines and stone quarries; and everyman is a quotation from all his ancestors. –EMERSON +++ To ask or search I blame thee not, for heavenIs as the book of God before thee set,Wherein to read his wondrous works, and…

Collage

+++ Legato con amore in un volume, ció che per l’universo si squaderna: by love into a single volume bound, the pages scattered through the universe: – Paradiso, XXXIII +++ Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn – Sonnet LXVIII +++ To ask or search I blame thee not, for heavenIs as the book of God before thee set,Wherein to read his wondrous works, and learnHis seasons, hours, or days, or months, or years – Paradise Lost +++ a book made full of days (pages), a ready effort full of all places then that may be because I…

Vocab (Paradise Lost)

uxorious, adj. Having or showing an excessive or submissive fondness for one’s wife. architrave, noun. The beam resting on the columns that supports the roof; the lowest section of the entablature.

Current project: Epic poetry

Revisiting the epics, and filling some gaps. Paradise Lost, for example. Kill me. c. forever ago: The Epic of Gilgamesh. [CHECK] c. 800-600 BC: The Iliad, Homer. Fitzgerald trans. (Reread) c. 800-600 BC: The Odyssey, Homer. Fitzgerald trans. (Reread) c. 100 BC: The Aeneid, Virgil.c. 100 AD: Metamorphoses, Ovid.c. 8th-10th century: Beowulf (Reread)11th century: The Song of Roland [CHECK] 12th century: The Nibelungenlied [CHECK] 14th century: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight14th century: The Divine Comedy, Dante. (Reread)1667: Paradise Lost, John Milton.1806: Faust, Goethe. (Reread)1874: Idylls of the King, Alfred Lord Tennyson. And then I want to revisit everything Shakespeare…