To My Mother

The unconditional love like that of a mother for her child mentioned by Erich Fromm (see here) is the theme of Edgar Allan Poe‘s sonnet “To My Mother “. Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,The angels, whispering to one another,Can find, among their burning terms of love,None so devotional as that of ‘Mother,’… Read More To My Mother

Mother Love 🎶

Yesterday Freddie Mercury would have turned 75. In November 1995, four years after his death, the posthumous album “Made in Heaven” was released. It contains the song “Mother Love”, co-written with Brian May and the last vocal recording made by Mercury before his death.May stated; ” Freddie at that time said ‘Write me stuff… I… Read More Mother Love 🎶

Life & Death

When I have looked Life in the eyes,Grown calm and very coldly wise,Life will have given me the Truth,And taken in exchange–my youth. “Wisdom” – Sara Teasdale, American lyric poet, born on 8 August 1884. Not one would mind, neither bird nor treeIf mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,Would scarcely… Read More Life & Death

Barbara Allen/2

As I’ve already written (here) “Barbara Allen” began as a ballad in the seventeenth century or earlier and was published and performed under many different titles, in a vast array of tunes and narrative details.The earliest text was published in London in 1690, under the title “Barbara Allen’s cruelty: or, the young-man’s tragedy”. It appeared… Read More Barbara Allen/2

Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (born on 28 July 1844) was an English poet and Jesuit priest whose posthumous fame placed him among the best Victorian poets. None of his poems were published during his lifetime. In a period of traditional verse. he was an innovator in prosody (especially as regards his “sprung rhythm”, based on the… Read More Pied Beauty