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Friday, 14 August 2009


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Oh, yes, that's a corker. Didn't Ronald Reagan quote from it at the service for the Challenger astronauts?

Well, it would have been an excellent choice if he had.

Reagan said:

... We saw them this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye, and "slipped the surly bonds of earth", to "touch the face of God."

The quotation marks are in the original manuscript, so yes, he was quoting Magee.

That's what poets are for, to conjure phrases, like those above, which act like a shaft of light on our consciousness.

Also, for me, there is nothing better than iambic pentameter in which to write poetry.

Ah, yes.

"IF I should die, think only this of me."

"OF Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,"

Goes to the soul: that rhythm. This week we've been having a bit of a culture fest - though some of it's none-too-high culture.

My stuff and links to teh known participants are heres;
">Culture wars: the culture

I hope you won't mind me linking to this post of yours as an example

An honour, Sir, I assure you.

And one of these days I really must brush up on my Milton.

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