Currently Reading & Quote: Shirley

; and that gift of poetry – the most divine bestowed on man –
~Shirley, Chapter XII

Gag me with a spoon, please! While I realize that historically speaking Poetry has had a pre-eminent place in literature, that does not in and of itself make it better than prose. Mankind does not, with the rare exceptions of intellectual snobs and idiots, speak in poetry but in prose. It is an artificial construct that completely relies on the extremely subjective tastes of the times. Other than that, I’m enjoy this novel. Well, except when Charlotte Bronte writes whole pages in french and doesn’t bother to translate it.

The above is a picture of the typical “beatnik”. It is what I imagine Alex and Fraggle to look like if they were beatniks in real life.. Heaven help them ๐Ÿ˜‰

20 thoughts on “Currently Reading & Quote: Shirley

  1. Actually, it’s thought by many that our natural language is closer to being poetry. Prose is more artificial and complex.
    The picture reminds me of the time Fraggle and I dressed up as Bonnie and Clyde. She has a lot of different berets. Alas, I only have one striped shirt and set of bongos.

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  2. Jesus might disagree with you, since 2 of his last 7 utterances on the cross were poetry. Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel might want to chime in in favor of poetry too – to say nothing of David ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. And how often did they go around to their pals and poetize? Very few people “talk” poetry.
      It tends to be only under specific circumstances that that happens.


  3. Despite the hilarious photo, your criticism of poetry is very concerning. If you might recall, Fraggle wrote some poetry a while back, and hasn’t returned since – I imagine she’s being mulling it over in her mind for a while now, desperately trying to make a decision. This will only have served to crush her confidence. Will Fraggle’s beautiful poetry ever grace our mortal Earth again? I’m not too sure now…

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