Andrew Kern Mar 28, 2008
Earlier I mentioned things like the music and the images used in a poem and then a third thing (maybe I'll call it the connotations). But what needs to precede all of that is that the poet has something to say. It's conceivable that he could use mediocre music and less than perfect imagery and still write a good poem because what he is revealing carries so much weight in and of itself.
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Andrew Kern Mar 28, 2008
The picture doesn't do justice to the suave good looks of our new blogger Brian Phillips, but it begins to capture some of the authority in his bearing. Brian has recently joined the CiRCE staff as a part time Executive Assistant and his help has already proved invaluable. He's hard at work improving the look of the LTW pages on the web site. Hopefully over the next few weeks you'll continue to see a more attractive appearance, more useful content, and an easier to use web site. In addition, you can anticipate Blogs by Brian in the coming days.
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Andrew Kern Mar 28, 2008
Education IS the cultivation and development of the faculties of the person being educated, especially those that are uniquely human. For this reason, the arts and music, literature and history, languages and the natural sciences, philosophy and theology ARE the content of education. None of them is an elective. To the extent that anybody lacks in any of these areas, to that extent his human faculties have not been cultivated and therefore to that extent I am not educated.
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Andrew Kern Mar 25, 2008
Dr. Leithart wrote an article on Classical Education for ISI that was published in the Intercollegiate Review and discusses, among other things, the role of CiRCE and the book I co-authored with Dr. Veith. It's a very fine article that was summarized in the Dallas Morning News. Click on the latter link for a short version and the former for the full version.
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Andrew Kern Mar 24, 2008
Went to Martin Cothran's blog (Vere loqui) and saw a bunch of easter poems and then a link to Douglas Groothius web site, so I'm emboldened to give it a try. I'll post a poem I wrote. But you have to promise me to critcize it and make suggestions (to which I have the right to respond since I bear the responbility of the poem) because the only reason for posting this poem is to improve it:

Apostrophe to 2 Suns

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Andrew Kern Mar 24, 2008
Let me simplify: a poem consists of three elements to a greater degree than prose:
  • Music
  • Images
  • Something I haven't been able to name yet. Maybe I'll call it immediacy for lack of a better term.
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Andrew Kern Mar 24, 2008
It can be a great deal easier with an accomplice. For one thing, all good poems have things you will miss the first time or the first ten times you read them. That's why the poet wrote a poem and not prose.
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Andrew Kern Mar 23, 2008
Our word poem comes from the Greek word Poios, which is the word used in the Septuagent version of Genesis 1 and in the Greek version of the Nicene Creed for what God did to the heavens and the earth. It means to make.  When an artist makes anything, he has an idea in his mind that can only be finally formed when he is finished embodying it in print, sculpture, music, painting, or some other medium. The idea is the logos. The act of creation is the incarnation of that particular logos.
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Andrew Kern Mar 16, 2008
Behold the marvels of the cosmos, the wondrous beauty of the stars, the awesome complexity of life in its marvelous diversity and adaptability, the world-creating power of the elements and atoms, the inexplicable forces of gravity, the stronger and weaker atomic forces, etc. etc.  I'm not sure why. Enlightenment science approaches the cosmos the way the Godfather approaches relationships: "It's nothing personal; It's just business."
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Andrew Kern Mar 16, 2008
Responding to the Eliot Spitzer tragedy, my cyber friend Bill Gnade reposted a brave and sensitive blog entry from a couple years ago. Take a look at this call to men to honor women. I can't help but feel that a just apprehension of the honor due to the mother of God would sing a song our souls need to hear.
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