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Oh, Cry Me A River (And then Have Jesus Walk On It Already...)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/14/christians-persecuted-archbishop-canterbury-carey Yeah, no, sorry--you don't get to pull the "Stop picking on me!" card when you're the dominant view in the West, have a billion-plus followers, and, oh yes, have kicked and killed and demonized and persecuted countless millions of Jews and Muslims and Atheists anyone ELSE who dared disagree with your opinion over the last 2000 years.
Favorite (Short) Poems? (And Perhaps We Can Put A Few Of Our Own?)
I think we did this a while back, where we posted different things we'd written...and I've definitely had a "Top ___ Works Ever" thread (or two or four or four thousand) before... So here they are combined--favorite short poems (ie, no Iliad/Paradise Lost/The Waste Land, good as they are, they're longer poems and in another category) and, for the brave...perhaps we can get a Poetry Corner going? :)
1. I like the topic (obviously) and we haven't had a good literary discussion in a while, sharing our favorites and all...plus, given how spread across the map (especially in the Americas and Europe) we are, I'd be interested what some outside the US and possibly UK might consider great work...perhaps Keats and Eliot and Poe aren't so beloved in the Balkans, Almighty Balkan World Cup Team? ;)
2. I'm transferring in a few short weeks (finally!) so I'm really thinking and choosing between time periods and authors, now, to study in-depth my first semester...
3. I said I'd try and get something published before I left my community college, and I've made good on that promise to myself--I submitted a short poem to a poetry magazine...and while I don't expect it at all to get accepted, as this is a REAL literary magazine, even still, at least I can say I tried, and will keep trying...and if I get rejected, hey, I can still say I was rejected by the same magazine that accepted T.S. Eliot's poetry, so at least there's that, and it should be easier and less of a racking experience next time I try... :)
1. There is unfortunately a language barrier here. I know a lot of great Swedish poetry, but I don't know if any of it is translated (well). I can try to look up some stuff, but translating poetry is the most difficult translation work, if at all possible. I write poetry as well, and I managed to get a book published, a cooperation with an artist I know, half poems and half drawings. I've tried to translate my own work but it doesn't work. It relies too much on Swedish.
In English poems, I always return to The Second Coming. It's become like a refrain for me, and lines from it pop up in my head at the oddest of times. The same with Howl and America by Ginsberg, but those aren't short in any way ;)
Good luck with your own writing! I hope you don't get your heart ripped out and stomped on, but that seems to be mandatory.
It's just such a perfect and potent poem...I really don't even know how else to describe it without going on and on about it, but just those opening lines alone...
-"Sonnet 30" by William Shakespeare
Yeah, you knew he'd be on the list...though if you've never read this one, check it out, it's my favorite of his sonnets, at this stage, anyway, I really like the topic and how he approaches it and resolves the matter in the end, I try and remember it when I feel down about someone...
"The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe
Enough said, moving on...
"Rhapsody on a Windy Night" by T.S. Eliot
TWL and Prufrock are too long, and they're the two big works of Eliot's I love, but his shorter works are great, too, and this one's a great poem on memory and lives lived and all that...and the only redeemable thing that came out of "Cats"--not a fan of that musical, half for it being too pretentious for even me, and half for it mucking about with Eliot's poetry in an over-stylized and theatrical way--is that the song "Memory," which in fairness is a decent song by itself, brings some of the best lines in this poem to life.
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats
I have a friend who's in love with Keats...and this poem, and it is a masterpiece, and the end line probably one of the most poignant and puzzling in all poetry, Eliot himself said it either ruined the poem to some extent or else he just couldn't get ...
Most of it is pretentious nonsense....and most lover's of poetry I find simply like what they have been instructed to like by their professors...(eh hem...OBI...cough cough...) Nothing unique or insightful here...move along...move along...
I want everyone to private message this guy as he was too rubbish to win when anyone else was playing so he didnt draw even though russia had helped nim all the way through (russia isnt me) he is the worst type of player and nobody shud play with him ever again.
So, that thread on Ubuntu made me want to try again on my laptop. I installed 11.10 and I have the same problem as before. On windows, my computer idles at 33-49degC. In Ubuntu, it idles around 82degC. What's with the 40degC increase? Thoughts?
Who would win in a gunboat between seven of yourself?
A fun little exercise that has been helping my play style recently was to learn what bias I have in game. So pull out your dip board and make what you think is the best gunboat opening for each power, then play each power to the best of your ability to win. Who wins? Who gets eliminated first?
I'm sure some of you recall the embarrassing moments thread we had a few weeks ago? Well I have searched by google and by rote reading, page by page, and not found it. Neither did abgemacht, the sweetheart that he is, when he went searching. Any help locating it would be appreciated. I do not recall who started the thread.