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Dan Costinaş said on 23 July 2017:
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'To simply hate an A-Bomb or an H-Bomb is easy, but The Bomb is real; we're stuck with it. It's necessary to love The Bomb' -- seems to be the main message of this poem.

In Corso's original form, the pictorial arrangement of text (centered aligned on the page) suggested the shape of a bomb.
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Dan Costinaş said on 23 July 2017:
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this poem consists merely of the title: 'In Memory of the Horse David, Who Ate One of My Poems' --- at the top of a blank page. It reveals a quality (humor) one has always suspected in Wright but never had proof of.
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Dan Costinaş said on 22 July 2017:
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this euphemism for 'Holy Christ!' dates to at least 1905. Later, it became associated with Harry Caray, baseball broadcaster, who began using it in order to prevent himself from lapsing into vulgarity.
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Dan Costinaş said on 22 July 2017:
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if the hair is seldom combed it soon becomes painful to do it
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Dan Costinaş said on 22 July 2017:
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it is used when one is in the situation of taking a big risk in order to avoid failure
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Dan Costinaş said on 22 July 2017:
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It seems obvious why Brautigan leaves the 4th item blank: to allow the reader to project whatever he/she needs into the poem.
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Dan Costinaş said on 22 July 2017:
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The mysterious Valerie from the dedication is Valerie Estes, one of his many sweethearts, who appears on the cover of 'Listening to Richard Brautigan'.
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Dan Costinaş said on 21 July 2017:
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the whole Hamlet's famous soliloquy:

To be, or not to be--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--
No more--and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep--
To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveler returns puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard, their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. -- Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia! -- Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.
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Dan Costinaş said on 19 July 2017:
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Author's Notes:
'Compression is the first grace of style': Democritus.
'Method of conclusions'; 'knowledge of principles': Duns Scotus.

The poem adds the author's original end-notes, as seen above. Moore herself acknowledged a few years later that Democritus was not the author of the first quotation, but Demetrius of Phalerum, who wrote in «On Style» (W. Rhys Roberts' translation): 'The very first grace of style is that which results from compression, when a thought which could have been spoiled by dwelling on it is made graceful by a light and rapid touch.'
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Dan Costinaş said on 19 June 2017:
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the lines that precede and follow the limerick:

Stephano [sings]: I shall no more to sea, to sea,
Here shall I die ashore—
This is a very scurvy tune to sing at a man's funeral.
Well, here's my comfort.
[drinks, sings]
The master, the swabber, the boatswain, and I,
The gunner and his mate
Loved Mall, Meg, and Marian, and Margery,
But none of us cared for Kate.
For she had a tongue with a tang,
Would cry to a sailor, 'Go hang!'
She loved not the savor of tar nor of pitch,
Yet a tailor might scratch her where'er she did itch.
Then to sea, boys, and let her go hang!
This is a scurvy tune too. But here's my comfort.
[drinks]
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Dan Costinaş said on 18 June 2017:
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the imaginary 'Mother Goose' is said to be the most famous author associated with children's poetry, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes.
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Dan Costinaş said on 18 June 2017:
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The original 1902 poem inspired a number of witty responses
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Dan Costinaş said on 18 June 2017:
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it intelligibly flows both backward and forward
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Dan Costinaş said on 18 June 2017:
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very often misattributed to Ogden Nash
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Dan Costinaş said on 18 June 2017:
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Who said Limericks were 'the lowest form of poetry'?! Even Shakespeare used it -through the mouth of Iago-, and sang about imbibing spirits.
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Enoh Faith said on 01 June 2017:
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words so carefully picked
Emotions so openly expressed
Meaning so cunningly hidden behind veils of transparent linen
Pure work of genius.....
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Scara Mungendje said on 04 May 2017:
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I really love the rhythm of this poem, top-notch!
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Jan Lee said on 20 April 2017:
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Excellent!
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Danielle and Trinity said on 03 April 2017:
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True the tower is very pretty and people don't always appreciate what the person did
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peter the turk said on 01 March 2017:
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Yes please a source, a source!
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Shamrock Centurion said on 02 February 2017:
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What's the source for this dubious claim of this being from Orwell?
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Rick said on 28 January 2017:
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The key to happiness should fit to any bank.
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Rick said on 27 January 2017:
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Sure as a gun, especially when they are called, accidentally, Antonio.
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Rick said on 14 January 2017:
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In our country the main bird of hope sings,
at least twenty-seven years, but it can be
heard only near the presidential palace.
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Rick said on 12 January 2017:
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When we love, we have butterflies in
our stomach, but if love disappears,
the butterflies become wild wasps.
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fam said on 06 January 2017:
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good quote!
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Dan Costinaş said on 17 December 2016:
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Here, the meaning of 'honesty' -according to Mr. John Monck Mason, the 18th Century Irish Shakespearean commentator- is not 'probity', but 'liberality'.
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Dan Costinaş said on 12 November 2016:
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Leonard Cohen's ‘Nevermind’ (about the futility of war) - as the theme song for HBO's True Detective, Season 2:
As with many of his songs, this one took years to evolve; it first appeared as the poem ‘Never Mind’ (in Book of Longing, 2006). Later on it had become a song, with some changed lyrics and a slightly different title.
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Dan Costinaş said on 18 October 2016:
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More and more recent studies have attributed to George Wilkins a share in Shakespeare's «Pericles, Prince of Tyre» (at least Act I and Act II).
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Dan Costinaş said on 26 August 2016:
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Tetractys, a poetic form consisting of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Double Tetractys maybe written as: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, and a Triple Tetractys as: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 10.
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Dan Costinaş said on 08 May 2016:
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Inspired by Jan Allison's poem «Love is Bind»
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Nayna said on 23 March 2016:
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Which Nick Hornby Novel is this quote from?
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Dan Costinaş said on 21 December 2015:
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from «Don Quixote of La Mancha's Letter to Sancho Pancha, Governor of the Island of Barataria.» ~ The History of Don Quixote, Volume II, translated by John Ormsby in 1885
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Needless said on 22 October 2015:
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Artists rouse society from the stupor of convenience.
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Dan Costinaş said on 22 September 2015:
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This poem is mostly attributed to Anne Boleyn; still the evidence is not 100% certain. George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford and Anne's brother was also credited the author of these verses.
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Costel Zăgan said on 07 August 2015:
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Mulțumesc, domnule Dan Costinaș!
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Dan Costinaş said on 23 June 2015:
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«And soon My Lady put a pretty tombstone over Tom's shell in the little churchyard in Vendale, where the old dalesmen all sleep side by side between the limestone crags. And the dame decked it with garlands every Sunday, till she grew so old that she could not stir abroad; then the little children decked it for her. And always she sung an old, old song, as she sat spinning what she called her wedding-dress. The children could not understand it, but they liked it none the less for that; for it was very sweet and very sad; and that was enough for them. And these are the words of it—»
~ The Water Babies (A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby) /Chapter 2
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Dan Costinaş said on 21 June 2015:
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In the last two lines, 'haply' can be interpreted as a wordplay, either as 'possibly' or a shortened form of 'happily'.
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Inna said on 10 April 2015:
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My love for you will never die, Till.
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Deborah Blackwood said on 11 February 2015:
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This is so true. I wish it was not that way.
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Dan Costinaş said on 19 January 2015:
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«Star-Chamber» -- Supreme Court of justice

«Coram» -- malapropism for 'quorum' (a particularly chosen group; part of a legal formula for installing the number of justices needed to occupy a seat by a judge)
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Dan Costinaş said on 18 January 2015:
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In response to the fascist bombing raids in 1936, during the Spanish Revolution.
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Dan Costinaş said on 13 January 2015:
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Poem selected from «After the Raising of Lazarus», published in 2005 by Southword Editions, Cork.
What the critics have said:

'There is much to praise in this collection. Malancioiu is not afraid of rich multi-layered imagery, prophetic and political statement. Her poetry is dense with symbolism. Even in the contrasting spareness of her language she has an assurance and majesty.' - Modern Poetry in Translation

'The strength and fascination of Malancioiu's poetry successfully comes through because of these skilled and effective translations by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, which capture the essence of her sensibility and the inherent mysticism.' - Metamorphoses
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Dan Costinaş said on 10 January 2015:
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The lines were actually written after the assassination of his friend Kevin O'Higgins, which is referenced in second part of the poem.
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Dan Costinaş said on 06 January 2015:
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«In Dreams Begin Responsibilities» is a short story by the American poet Delmore Schwartz. The story was first published in 1937, in New York City, within the first issue of «Partisan Review», a small circulation quarterly magazine.

The story's title came from the William Butler Yeats' 1914 volume of poems «Responsibilities», which had as epigraph: «In dreams begins responsibility» attributed by the poet himself to an «Old play».
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Dan Costinaş said on 06 January 2015:
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From an unofficial «Top 10 Classic Chinese Love Poems»: the poem expresses the author's regrets and nostalgia to a much older beloved lady.
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Dan Costinaş said on 04 January 2015:
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«Yeats 2015» is a year-long programme of cultural and artistic events, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and happening in numerous places - such as New York, London, Rome, Madrid and Korea. One of the highlights will be 'Yeats Day' on 13th of June 2015, which will mark 150 years since his birth.
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Dan Costinaş said on 03 January 2015:
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If we consider the full context from Ηθικά Νικομάχεια (Nichomachean Ethics) Βιβλίο 1ο (Book 1):

οὐκ ἀπαιτητέον δ᾽ οὐδὲ τὴν αἰτίαν ἐν ἅπασιν ὁμοίως, ἀλλ᾽ ἱκανὸν ἔν τισι τὸ ὅτι δειχθῆναι καλῶς, οἷον καὶ περὶ τὰς ἀρχάς· τὸ δ᾽ ὅτι πρῶτον καὶ ἀρχή. τῶν ἀρχῶν δ᾽ αἳ μὲν ἐπαγωγῇ θεωροῦνται, αἳ δ᾽ αἰσθήσει, αἳ δ᾽ ἐθισμῷ τινί, καὶ ἄλλαι δ᾽ ἄλλως. μετιέναι δὲ πειρατέον ἑκάστας ᾗ πεφύκασιν, καὶ σπουδαστέον ὅπως διορισθῶσι καλῶς· μεγάλην γὰρ ἔχουσι ῥοπὴν πρὸς τὰ ἑπόμενα. δοκεῖ γὰρ πλεῖον ἢ ἥμισυ τοῦ παντὸς εἶναι ἡ ἀρχή, καὶ πολλὰ συμφανῆ γίνεσθαι δι᾽ αὐτῆς τῶν ζητουμένων.

And the excellent translation by William David Ross:

Nor must we demand the cause in all matters alike; it is enough in some cases that the fact be well established, as in the case of the first principles; the fact is the primary thing or first principle. Now of first principles we see some by induction, some by perception, some by a certain habituation, and others too in other ways. But each set of principles we must try to investigate in the natural way, and we must take pains to state them definitely, since they have a great influence on what follows. For the beginning is thought to be more than half of the whole, and many of the questions we ask are cleared up by it.

It is very probable that the expression further developed, «The beginning is more than half of the whole», was cited by the logician, also known to held a thing as paidea of principles, from his teacher Plato, or even from the Pythagoreans.

(is thought to be) - from the Greek original - justifies enough my belief that Aristotle was not the father of the above mentioned quote.
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Dan Costinaş said on 31 December 2014:
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According to legend, this eighth century poem was written on-the-spot, upon request.
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Dan Costinaş said on 13 December 2014:
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You have just arrived from my hometown,
And should know what is happening there;
When you came, had the winter plum tree
Before my latticed window blossomed yet?

(unknown translator)

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