Month: August 2006

  • A Björnstjerne Björnson selection

    This is the opening paragraph in the Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson entry of Wikipedia: “Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson (Bearstar Martinus Bearson) (December 8, 1832–April 26, 1910). Norwegian writer and a 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. Bjørnson is generally considered as one of “The Great Four” Norwegian writers; the others being Henrik Ibsen, Jonas Lie, and Alexander Kielland. […]

  • Poetry of Peace in the Nobel Lectures at Oslo City Hall

    Oslo City Hall–where the Nobel Peace Prize lectures are delivered. _____ Below are excerpts from the Nobel lectures of 16 Peace prize winners. Each excerpt contains a thought of poetry in relation to peace. They are in chronological order, by Peace Prize winner. _____ Ernesto Teodoro Moneta (1907) from his Nobel Lecture: Peace and Law […]

  • How many of these online poets here in the Arctic can you name?

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  • Trot Trot to Boston to Loft Off to Lofoten

    Tomorrow (Wednesday) night, my daughter drives me into Logan Airport in Boston. I’ll be catching a flight to Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a layover while waiting for my flight to Oslo (Christiania to you old Ibsen contemporaries). Here are the blogs of the people I love, who I will be meeting there […]

  • Confucius on China’s Ancient Anthology of Poetry

    The below excerpts are Confucius’s references to the Shih Ching anthology, or the ancient Book of Poetry, in his Analects (here translated by James Legge). Confucius, or K’ung Fu-Tzu lived around the year 500 BC in China. The Shih Ching–like the I Ching or Book of Changes, Shu Ching or Book of History, and Li […]

  • Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) on Poetry (Whoever the Heck He Was)

    The below excerpts are from Essays of Schopenhauer: Translated by Mrs. Rudolf Dircks, or Sara Hay (Goddard) Dircks. __________________________________ It is most laughable the way the public reveals its liking for matter in poetic works; it carefully investigates the real events or personal circumstances of the poet’s life which served to give the motif of […]

  • The Happiness of Species by Means of Poetic Selection

    No poet ever felt more delighted at seeing his first poem published than I did at seeing, in Stephens’ ‘Illustrations of British Insects,’ the magic words, “captured by C. Darwin, Esq.” That quote, and the below excerpt is from The Autobiography of Charles Darwin. _________________________________ I have said that in one respect my mind has […]