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    Thanks Ecurb. I can see the point you made...

    Thanks Ecurb.

    I can see the point you made about possible dual meanings in the use of "mock" in the Ozymandias poem. Thanks for pointing it out.

    Like yourself, I've read some of Shelley's...
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    Once I've settled my horrendous UK tax bill for...

    Once I've settled my horrendous UK tax bill for last year, I'm planning a month in Vietnam myself.

    Fascinating country. I spent 3 years there working on the Than Hoa Refinery and loved; the...
  3. Flattery will get you everything!!! Good idea...

    Flattery will get you everything!!!

    Good idea to do a parody on some of the crap out there. The main thing is to relax with your writing and enjoy it yourself. Disraeli used to say that "If I want...
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    The more that I read Shelley, the more becomes...

    The more that I read Shelley, the more becomes the impression that he is a poet of hope; and although he has been accused of being intangible and unearthly, he is so only in the sense in which the...
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    FIRST VOICE (FROM THE MOUNTAINS): Thrice three...

    FIRST VOICE (FROM THE MOUNTAINS):
    Thrice three hundred thousand years
    O'er the Earthquake's couch we stood:
    Oft, as men convulsed with fears,
    We trembled in our multitude.

    SECOND VOICE...
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    No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure. I...

    No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
    I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
    I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
    Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
    Heaven's...
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    Entities Involved: PROMETHEUS. DEMOGORGON....

    Entities Involved:
    PROMETHEUS. DEMOGORGON. JUPITER. THE EARTH. OCEAN. APOLLO. MERCURY. OCEANIDES: ASIA, PANTHEA, IONE. HERCULES. THE PHANTASM OF JUPITER. THE SPIRIT OF THE EARTH. THE SPIRIT OF THE...
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    Dear Danik Brilliant. I have never read this...

    Dear Danik

    Brilliant. I have never read this Goethe piece before. The imagery, the finality of mortal existence so poignantly expressed. Thank you so much.

    Best wishes
    M.
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    Prometheus Unbound. The "Prometheus Unbound"...

    Prometheus Unbound.

    The "Prometheus Unbound" of Aeschylus supposed the reconciliation of Jupiter with his victim as the price of the disclosure of the danger threatened to his empire by the...
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    Shelley’s writings are of such an individual and...

    Shelley’s writings are of such an individual and original kind, that he can neither be hidden in the shade, nor lost in the brightness, of any other poet. No idea of his works could be conveyed by...
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    Hi Tailor Thanks for your response. You...

    Hi Tailor

    Thanks for your response. You mention a poem to outlast empires that I likewise appreciate a lot.

    “I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs...
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    Poetry and Imagination.

    Poetry and Imagination.

    To examine this concept, I would like to examine some of the acknowledged great poets; and I thought it useful to start with Shelly.

    Here is a small, but well-known...
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    Dearest Executioner Any chance of saying a few...

    Dearest Executioner

    Any chance of saying a few words, before you put the blindfold on?
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    Hi Danik Orestes: remorse or redemption? ...

    Hi Danik

    Orestes: remorse or redemption?

    I’m not sure, as (a) we are dealing with mythology, and (b) it depends on which of the accounts you are reading of either of the Greek playwrights,...
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    Hi Aunty I’m worried that I’m sinking fast,...

    Hi Aunty

    I’m worried that I’m sinking fast, in so far as I’m getting flashbacks of having contributed something similar before. But at the risk of repetition, my six pence worth, mainly based on...
  16. Interesting post my friend. I must confess...

    Interesting post my friend.

    I must confess to an element of; dotage inspired arrogance, regards efforts, (albeit unsuccessful), to either; publish anything myself, or to even change my reading...
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    Ah Ha. A voice from the past. Thanks for...

    Ah Ha. A voice from the past.

    Thanks for popping in.

    Actually 108 fountains, a lot of what you said, both mirrors and resonates with me.

    In my case I realised I no longer enjoyed the job I...
  18. Thread: Aeschylus.

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    Aeschylus.

    AESCHYLUS.

    Towards the end of the sixth century before Christ, one of the most momentous advances in literature was made by Aeschylus.
    To a large extent, due to this individual, European...
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    I think it important, that in order to go...

    I think it important, that in order to go forward, we must also look back to the origins of poetry. Thus, whereas Wolf has graciously bestowed his cutting-edge talents upon Lit Net readers, it is...
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    Hi Danik. Thanks for taking a step back to...

    Hi Danik.

    Thanks for taking a step back to pre-Iliad background material on the House of Atreus. It puts everything more into context.

    But let me just comment first on the initial...
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    Excellent piece of writing. You were straight...

    Excellent piece of writing.

    You were straight into your two characters in the art gallery and played off well their contrasts and subsequent interaction.

    Classical painting museum setting in...
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    Dear Wolf I am anxious to know your take on...

    Dear Wolf

    I am anxious to know your take on whether our perception of a real world comes to us by an exercise of thought; or by a simple impression of sense; whether it is the universal that...
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    Storytelling.

    What do you do when you have no factual history, or the means to record it?

    You can either invent it, which is the creation of storytelling; or you take what you do know and spin it; striving to...
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    Hi Danik Thanks for the response. If I might...

    Hi Danik

    Thanks for the response. If I might take the points you raise in roughly the same order.

    Monogamist Homeric hero's? Not so sure, as a bit of a mixed bag.

    Some were very much...
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    Funky Christmas Presents

    I was given yesterday a pair of chocolate brown and yellow thick socks with red bobbles on the toes as a Christmas present. It came to mind that wheras the French & Italians go for chic and...
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