Friday, November 12, 2010

touch the sky

okay i lied, i'm back. i had a sudden epiphany, and needed to express the fact that despite the fact that i found the classes incredibly grating and can't do the subjects very well at all and i find them both quite difficult, i will really, genuinely miss literature and philosophy. the subjects themselves and everything we have to study in them are so so beautiful. goodbye keats, aristotle, chekhov, sophocles, murdoch, socrates etc. - sorry for complaining about you for so long, i love you all.

bright star, would i were stedfast as thou art--
not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
and watching, with eternal lids apart,
like nature's patient, sleepless eremite,
the moving waters at their priestlike task
of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
no--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
to feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
and so live ever--or else swoon to death.

- bright star, john keats


bobb said...

I hope your studying is going well.
You are not really leaving literature and philosophy behind - you will just study them differently on your own and in university.

Per your previous post, where you mentioned "Try A Little Tenderness".... although I never saw many great 60's performers, I did see Otis Redding perform in a soul revue that included the Temptations, Lee Dorsey, and others. "Try a Little Tenderness" was Otis's signature song - "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" was a posthumous hit. They literally brought out a crown and crowned Otis the King of Soul.