Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2008
Since a poem has the four qualtities identified and haltingly addressed in this post: it's music, its imagery, its logos, and its unspeakable quality that I've reluctantly and insultingly reduced to its connotations, we can develop a strategy when we approach a poem that is consistent with the nature of poetry. We don't need to become mathematicians, looking for precise and certain knowledge, but we also don't need to become unbelievers, believing there is nothing to look at.
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Andrew Kern Apr 6, 2008
Why does a folk-dance last for hundreds of years (think Sound of Music), while a modern popular dance goes out of fashion in 2 or 5 or maybe 10 years (think Funny Face, the Twist, even Swing, despite it's nostalgic renewal)?
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Andrew Kern Apr 5, 2008
If you haven't read the account of Magdi Allam's conversion from Islam to Christianity, you should do so now.
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Andrew Kern Apr 3, 2008

Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books, in case you were wondering.  Though Huxley’s A Brave New World may have been more accurately prophetic in regard to our overall culture – no need to burn books, just get the people to where they do not want to read – I find Fahrenheit to be specifically accurate in how it speaks of modern human interaction.  Allow me to quote at length from one of the early conversations between Guy and the unusual young Clarisse:

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Andrew Kern Apr 3, 2008
May the Lord find in my heart a place where He can rest; a place so ordered and so focused on pleasing Him and hearing Him and serving Him that He feels He has come home when He enters.
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Andrew Kern Apr 1, 2008
If you want to know what's good for you, you'd better visit this blog and then take a close look at your calendar. When's your next appointment?
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Andrew Kern Mar 31, 2008
I was pleased to learn that the recently deceased William Buckley was home-schooled. You can read a few paragraphs about it in this article, which included this paragraph:
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Andrew Kern Mar 28, 2008
The thing about Hallmark cards is that they are too obvious in their intent. To say something profound in such a way that the auditor actually hears it, you cannot say it obviously. If you do, you reduce it to a mere analytical statement, a statement on which they can probably act - but the action won't require an actual understanding.
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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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