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April 2, 2021

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

As a reader, and a human, I am always drawn towards love’s many dimensions. Unlike Janus who faces in two directions only (forward and backward), love is indescribably complex. For that reason, it absolutely fascinates me. Although Louise Glück’s book Ararat from 1990 includes many moments of pain and loss, it also offers an amazing lament for the idea of love.

 » Read more about: Louise Glück, Ararat  »

March 5, 2021

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

The Great Books Foundation recently hosted a virtual Great Books Chicago (in place of the usual in-person Great Books Chicago). Beauty was the topic of discussion. I gained wonderful perspectives from the weekend and so, today’s blog attempts to address a number of comments. Obviously, I do not have time for the majority of comments and conversation, but here are a few thoughts that stick with me as I continue to dwell upon ideas of beauty.

 » Read more about: Defining Beauty  »

February 12, 2021

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Language has the power to both escalate and de-escalate tense situations. Sometimes a well-intentioned comment fits perfectly, and sometimes it causes more harm than good.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is often considered a love story. However, over the years, I have come to see it more as a story of war. The very first scene of the play introduces a family feud,

 » Read more about: Language Escalation  »

December 11, 2020

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Last week, I wrote a blog dedicated to understanding the nature of Rosamond’s and Lydgate’s love in George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch. Though I had previously argued against the idea that they were actually ever in love, I have since changed my mind. In fact, this passage might best explain it all. I do contend that their love was complicated and imperfect,

 » Read more about: Love at First Sight  »

December 4, 2020

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

The tricky nature of love never ceases to amaze me. George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch explores many complicated examples love. Today’s blog will focus on the relationship between Tertius Lydgate and Rosamond Vincy. Rosamond is Lydgate’s second love. Before moving to Middlemarch, he had fallen for an actress. Though we don’t know much about this experience, the narrator does tell us that he when he confessed his love to her,

 » Read more about: For the Love of Rosamond  »

February 14, 2020

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Natasha Trethewey’s poem “Myth,” from Native Guard, beautifully describes what it is like to seek the impossible. Trethewey wrote the poem as an expression of sorrow at the loss of her mother. Written as a palindrome, it is a perfect representation of loss because the poem cycles again and again, beginning and ending in the same place much like the endless cycle of loss.

 » Read more about: Trethewey’s “Myth”  »

May 10, 2019

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I am blessed with strong women in my ancestry. Like most women, however, I find that their strength is often invisible. This invisible strength appears daily, hourly, routinely, in the way they made time for others, spent late hours fixing others’ problems, carrying the weight of the household in more ways than one. I love Alberto Ríos’s poem “Nani” which eloquently demonstrates this idea of invisible love.

 » Read more about: Poems That Celebrate Mothers  »

February 15, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

“Beyoncé doesn’t release albums; she creates cultural events.” – Daphne A. Brooks

According to Wikipedia, Beyoncé is the most nominated female singer in the history of the Grammy Awards (and she has also won 22 of them). Furthermore, Wikipedia cites: “In 2014, she became the highest-paid black musician in history and was listed among Time‘s 100 most influential people in the world for a second year in a row.

 » Read more about: Beyoncé Makes Lemonade  »

October 19, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I often study the idea of Language. I am curious about how language comes to be meaningful, communicative and permanent. Yet, at the same time, language is so flexible and manipulative. This elasticity allows it to grow, change and expand to incorporate new ideas and influences. Yet, language can also restrict in unseen ways. One thing that is often forgotten,

 » Read more about: Language in the Words of Helen Keller  »

September 14, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Shakespeare is a favorite topic of mine, and of many of our students. Recently, I read and discussed Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. Though we didn’t have time to compare it to Chaucer’s poem Troilus and Criseyde, I wanted to spend a few moments doing just that. Before I do,

 » Read more about: Shakespeare’s Troilus Versus Chaucer’s Criseyde  »

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