29 August 2007


i may not have had to buy any books for the class, but this is how my grad seminar started...
That emelye, that fairer was to sene
Than is the lylie upon his stalke grene,

And fressher than the may with floures newe --

For with the rose colour stroof hire hewe,

I noot which was the fyner of hem two --

Er it were day, as was hir wone to do,

She was
arisen and al redy dight;
For may wole have no slogardie a-nyght.

The sesoun priketh every gentil herte,

And maketh hym out of his slep to sterte,

And seith arys, and do thyn
This maked emelye have remembraunce

To doon honour to may, and for to ryse.

Yclothed was she fressh, for to devyse:
Hir yelow heer was broyded in a tresse
Bihynde hir bak, a yerde long, I gesse.
And in the gardyn, at the sonne upriste,

She walketh up and doun, and as hire liste

She gadereth floures, party white and rede,
To make a subtil gerland for hire hede;

And as an aungel hevenysshly she
i enjoy middle english, but as a grad student i am going to have to read a lot more closely than i did as an undergrad... so if you wonder what i am up to there is a good chance it is this... or this...

The condition of England, on which many pamphlets are now in the course of publication, and many thoughts unpublished are going on in every reflective head, is justly regarded as one of the most ominous, and withal one of the strangest, ever seen in this world. England is full of wealth, of multifarious produce,supply for human want in every kind; yet England is dying of inanition. With unabated bounty the land of England blooms and grows; waving with yellow harvests; thick-studded with workshops, industrial implements, with fifteen millions of workers, understood to be the strongest, the cunningest and the willingest our Earth ever had; these men are here; the work they have done, the fruit they have realised is here, abundant, exuberant on every hand of us: and behold, some baleful fiat as of Enchantment has gone forth, saying, "Touch it not, ye workers, ye master-workers, ye master-idlers; none of you can touch it, no man of you shall be the better for it; this is enchanted fruit!" On the poor workers such fiat falls first, in its rudest shape; but on the rich masterworkers too it falls; neither can the rich master-idlers, nor any richest or highest man escape, but all are like to be brought low with it, and made 'poor' enough, in the money-sense or a far fataller one. ~Thomas Carlyle
happy reading to all you students, except for art students who have no reading, and thus suck ... =)

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