Category Archives: Literature

Jane Austen: Free indirect discourse

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. Jane Austen In an earlier entry, on Emily Dickinson, I tried to focus on the way poetry arises by metaphor: the author introduces a beginning that demands an certain ending, … Continue reading

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Two Frescoes, by Giotto and by Taddeo Gaddi

This post is the second in a new series, Story Structure. In this entry, I write about two Renaissance frescoes with the same title, and try to relate them to the idea of story structure — or, especially screenplay structure, … Continue reading

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Pieter Brueghel and W.H. Auden

This post begins a new series, Story Structure. Pieter Brueghel, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus You know what “they,” the screenwriting gurus and the Hollywood suits, tell us: “Icarus is your main character. Keep focus on him. Make sure … Continue reading

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The warning that Jacob Marley’s ghost gave to Scrooge

A lonely boy was reading by a feeble fire For those of you who celebrate the other holiday, on December 25 — and for those of you who don’t — and for me. This entry repeats Charles Dickens’s warning, in … Continue reading

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Giving advice to the young — according to Thoreau and to Emerson

Henry David Thoreau, in one of his famously crusty moods, gave some famously negative advice in Walden about accepting advice from those who are older: Practically, the old have no very important advice to give the young. I’m sure he … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson — I could not stop for death

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Because I could not stop for Death — He kindly stopped for me — The Carriage held but just … Continue reading

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The battle of the statues in Wyman Park

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. Wyman Park is in Baltimore, just in front of the Baltimore Museum of Art and near the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University. It has two statues, not far … Continue reading

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