Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Value of Music Education

When I asked for a topic on which to write my last blog post, my exceptional roommate suggested this…exhibition. I would like to thank our resident Mulholland for leading us this semester and for having in her possession considerably more … Continue reading

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A Coat

Have you ever felt oppressed by your high school English teacher’s discovery of the deep, meaningful symbolism in every line of every poem you ever read? Have you ever read The Scarlet Letter and thought “Dear Hawthorne, would you care fore some … Continue reading

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A Difference of Opinion

Yeats was a strong believer in poetry’s ability to move people to action. Looking back on his earlier life, Yeats often wondered whether his poetry helped spark the Irish fight for freedom. In some ways, he may have felt responsible … Continue reading

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Pokemon

OK. I lived in Korea in the mid-90s, when Pokemon trading cards were the most coveted item at our Seoul American Elementary School store. I had a two-inch black binder filled with these cards, though I never played the game … Continue reading

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The Rains Down in Africa

Here is a video of a really cool  performance of Toto’s “Africa” by Perpetuum Jazzile, an A Capella  choir from Slovenia. They are wonderful singers, but I think the best part is the entirely man-made thunderstorm at the beginning. Perpetuum … Continue reading

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Among School Children

Writers write what they know. Yeats, as he grew older wrote, unsurprisingly, about growing older. But the beauty of a poet is his ability to construct images that, without force or bald statements, are able to convey absolute truth. Yeats’ … Continue reading

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Easter 1916

On April 24, 1916, the Irish nationalists organized a revolt against the government of Britain, declaring a free Irish Republic. Within six days, the British crushed the rebellion and executed fifteen of its leaders by firing squad. Yeats, having run … Continue reading

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Teenage Dream

The second song we’re singing is Teenage Dream by Boyce Avenue, a youtube band that arranges and covers a lot of popular music. The off-beat rhythms are a bit difficult, but the harmonies are really nice. Teenage Dream–Boyce Avenue

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Maud Gonne

As both a nationally acclaimed poet and statesman, Yeats was quite the celebrity. And, in following the general trend of celebrities, WB Yeats’ secret love for Maud Gonne was public knowledge. Maud Gonne was an Irish actress, and quite famous … Continue reading

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The Constant Editor

One of the most time-consuming aspects of a writer’s life is the editing process. After spending months or even years on a piece, any good author will stop and take a satisfied moment to look at the concluding word. Then, … Continue reading

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