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April 09, 2004

Poem i Found

i'm not too crazy about gimmicky poems that look funky on the page. i guess it's the lingering effects of trying to decipher too much e.e. cummings in school. But here's one i found via Ivy is here, which i really like a lot.

Click here to read Sunday Morning from the blog Watermark.

Posted by annika, Apr. 9, 2004 |
Rubric: Poetry


That link to ee cummings is the website for the school district i went to when i lived in arizona...

...but on to something that is actually interesting. I don't much go for those funky looking poems either. so if you bloggers would like to read a poem also called "Sunday Morning" then check out Wallace Stevens, the first 5 lines alone are worth it and quite pertinent to the going's on on this, Good Friday. He writes of "complacencies", etc being used "to dissipate the holy hush of ancient sacrifice."


...annika if you'd still like to read that criticism of Stevens I was writing it's almost done. I'm sure you are waiting with bated breath :)

Posted by: Scof on Apr. 9, 2004

i was wondering whether you ever finished that. : )

Posted by: annika on Apr. 9, 2004

...yeah i've got about 4 or 5 essays half finished lying around. i could use a live-in drill sergeant for a couple weeks...

another good good friday poem, found via NRO today:

The dripping blood our only drink,
The bloody flesh our only food:
In spite of which we like to think
That we are sound, substantial flesh and blood —
Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good.

- T. S Eliot's "Four Quartets"

Posted by: Scof on Apr. 9, 2004

Scof, i just read the NRO article from which you pulled that Eliot quote. The author, Thomas Hibbs, makes a grave error of interpretation regarding The Passion. Did you notice it? Referring to the devil character played by Rosalinda Celentano, he said:

"This hooded, feminine-looking figure with a deep, sinister voice floats effortlessly among the Jewish crowd during the sentencing of Jesus, appears just behind the Roman guard overseeing the sadistic scourging of Christ, and then exults at evil's apparent victory at the moment of Christ's death."

How did he misinterpret that final scene at Jesus' death? That wasn't exultation, that was despair. i thought it was obvious, the devil was screaming in agony over its defeat at the moment of Christ's death. Only someone who does not understand the gospels could make such a mistake.

Posted by: annika on Apr. 9, 2004

You're right, he does miss that point. which is the point really. a number of verses make that clear, i.e. john 12:31

I wonder why Hibbs thinks that the devil thought he was winning?

as far as that scene in the movie, I'll have to judge for myself this evening and get back to you. I haven't seen the movie yet but am going tonight to watch.

Posted by: Scof on Apr. 9, 2004

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