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    Hi Danik Thanks for the link on mimeses. Very...

    Hi Danik

    Thanks for the link on mimeses. Very interesting and instructive, though I have not got through it all yet. Did you take your degree in English Literature? I ask, because I always...
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    Mmmmm. Looks familiar!!!!

    Mmmmm. Looks familiar!!!!
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    Hi Danik Thanks for coming up with some very...

    Hi Danik

    Thanks for coming up with some very interesting perspectives on this whole question of whether art imitates life, or vice versa.

    I must confess to not having read any of Eric...
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    Haha. Good Lord no. In fact I appreciate your...

    Haha. Good Lord no. In fact I appreciate your input. There are so many on this forum that stand and look, but never get into the water.

    Excuse my anarchic sign off. It's just the way we were...
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    Hi Danik Thanks for reading and commenting....

    Hi Danik

    Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, a different journey from that planned to the Far East. Trying to be prudent whilst this corona virus is spreading.

    Hence, as noted, a more...
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    Julius Caesar & The Sonnets: W.Shakespeare ...

    Julius Caesar & The Sonnets: W.Shakespeare

    Pensees: Blaise Pascal.

    Phedre: Racine

    Tis Pity She's a Whore: John Ford.
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    The Art of Lying.

    The Art of Lying.

    Chapter 1.

    Retirement had, if he was honest with himself, brought about some pleasures he had neither envisaged nor appreciated previously.

    It was a whole new ball game....
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    The Eleusinian Mysteries.

    The Eleusinian Mysteries.

    I found this topic interesting; in so far as it is pre-Christian, and contains an interplay of a form of worship encapsulating; mythology, the ancient Mediterranean...
  9. In theory the EU is a great idea in terms of...

    In theory the EU is a great idea in terms of economics.

    But they have their own internal inflexible elites; hence countries like Hungary & Poland kicking back.

    Free movement was handled in...
  10. And so you should be. My whole impression of...

    And so you should be. My whole impression of Boris is of bluff, winging it and being a chancer. It might work out, but it's very much uncharted territory
  11. Thread: Pindar.

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    Pindar.

    Pindar.

    Probably no poet of importance equal to that of Pindar finds so few readers. The causes are not far to seek: the frequent obscurity of his thought, resulting mainly from his exceeding...
  12. I was unable to vote at the time as I was working...

    I was unable to vote at the time as I was working overseas, but would have voted to remain. I enjoyed up to now, the freedom of movement as a visitor to Europe, and also the cultural diversity in the...
  13. Thread: flawless

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    Hi Cacian I suppose many would have differing...

    Hi Cacian

    I suppose many would have differing viewpoints on this poem, which considering the way you have structured it, is perfectly understandable.

    For myself, what I got out of it was the...
  14. Thread: flawless

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    Loved it. Free will and potential curbs...

    Loved it. Free will and potential curbs succinctly captured.
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    Keep at it. It's very pleasing to absorb.

    Keep at it. It's very pleasing to absorb.
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    The Distaff.

    Erinna: "The Distaff"

    This fragment by the Greek poetess is part written in sorrow for the death of Baucis, a friend of her girlhood. More poignant in fact is perhaps that Erinna herself was...
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    Quirky and clever.

    Quirky and clever.
  18. Thread: Sappho

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    Jerry. You are right. Not thinking straight....

    Jerry. You are right.

    Not thinking straight. For some strange reason, in this last stage of my life, I actually started to read and appreciate poetry. Hence my going back to the beginning in...
  19. Thread: Sappho

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    Sappho

    SAPPHO

    Sappho, the Greek woman poet, is said to have been at the zenith of her fame about the year 610 B.C.

    During her lifetime Jeremiah first began to prophesy (628 B.C.), Nebuchadnezzar...
  20. Thread: Jenius

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    Hang in there lady.

    Hang in there lady.
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    Simple and effective

    Simple and effective
  22. Thread: Wrong turn

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    Well captured piece. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Well captured piece.

    Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    Shelley seems to have incarnated the spirit of...

    Shelley seems to have incarnated the spirit of the Revolution. He had no brothers to check his tastes and impulses; was lonely at a private school, but at Eton, where he already defied tyrants, (boys...
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    PROMETHEUS: I see the curse on gestures proud...

    PROMETHEUS:

    I see the curse on gestures proud and cold,
    And looks of firm defiance, and calm hate,
    And such despair as mocks itself with smiles,
    Written as on a scroll: yet speak! Oh,...
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    PROMETHEUS: Venerable mother! All else who...

    PROMETHEUS:
    Venerable mother!
    All else who live and suffer take from thee
    Some comfort; flowers, and fruits, and happy sounds,
    And love, though fleeting; these may not be mine.
    But mine own...
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