Join Rebecca and Sarah as they discuss Alfred Tennyson’s “Lady Godiva” and the role that poetry can play in our lives today.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
I WAITED for the train at Coventry;
I hung with grooms and porters on the bridge,
To watch the three tall spires: and there I shaped
The city’s ancient legend into this:—
Not only we, the latest seed of Time,
New men, that in the flying of a wheel
Cry down the past; not only we, that prate
Of rights and wrongs, have loved the people well
And loathed to see them overtaxed; but she
Did more, and underwent, and overcame,
The woman of a thousand summers back,
Godiva, wife to that grim earl who ruled
In Coventry: for when he laid a tax
Upon his town, and all the mothers brought
Their children, clamoring, “If we pay, we starve!” Continue reading “S1 E4: Lady Godiva – Poetry for Political Change”
Rebecca and Sarah discuss Robert Frost’s poetry. A four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry, Robert Frost still informs popular culture today. Come, listen — we welcome you to be a part of the conversation.
Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To know that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.
Rebecca and Sarah discuss Sun Tzu’s approach to warfare … or is it approach to ensure peace? Find out — come, listen and join the conversation!
“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination
they produce more hues than can ever been seen.
There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of
them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War
“No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his
own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.
If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay
where you are.
Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded
But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again
into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War
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Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”Paul Auster