God of the Awkward, the Freckled, and the Strange: Day 5

Pied Beauty Gerard Manley Hopkins Glory be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; And áll trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spáre, strange; […]

The Price Of Beauty

The Land of Heart’s Desire William Butler Yeats We must be tender with all budding things. Our Maker let no thought of Calvary Trouble the morning stars in their first song. The poet William Butler Yeats referred to himself as “the last romantic”, and while I know he meant that in the broader sense of […]

Negative Capability

Even the greatest musicians set theory aside when they listen to beautiful songs. In fact, if they tried to analyze every measure and note, the spell would be broken. When John Keats wrote about Negative Capability, he meant the gift of appreciating beauty without understanding it. The tortured soul who has to know the ‘why’ […]

We Don’t Know The Score

Tender Is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald You never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives. John Keats was one of the greatest poets of the English language.  Among other things he wrote Ode to a Nightingale, the beautiful poem from which F. Scott Fitzgerald got the title of his famous book […]