Monthly Archives: February 2013

Of Time and the River

“No man knew whom to trust, and gloomy suspicions even of his friends settled upon every man’s heart.”  So wrote Jeremiah Clemens of northern Alabama during its bitter occupation 150 years ago, as was noted in today’s New York Times … Continue reading

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Nubibus Atris

Nubibus atris condita nullum fundere possunt sidera lumen. So run the first four lines of the final poem in Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Book 1. These eight words, so skillfully arranged, convey with precision a primary theme of the Consolatio‘s … Continue reading

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O Stelliferi Conditor Orbis

In the Medieval Latin class I’m teaching this term, we’re now reading Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. (If you’ve not read it before, stop wasting time on-line and read it now.)  The Consolatio is partially written in prose, partially in verse, … Continue reading

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Doggerel and Dogs in the Snow

In the back of one of my college notebooks, I once wrote a piece of doggerel that a friend of mine found and would recite when the spirit moved him. It does my asthma little good To go cavorting through … Continue reading

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