Shelley: “Mutability”/1

The poem “The Flower That Smiles Today”, like “Music, When Soft Voices Die” (here) was first published in 1824, two years after Percy Bysshe Shelley‘s tragic death, in “Posthumous Poems”, a collection edited by his widow Mary Godwin Shelley.It is sometimes called ‘Mutability’ , although Shelley wrote another poem that has the same title.It is… Read More Shelley: “Mutability”/1

Pietro Aretino & Michelangelo/3

In November 1545, Pietro Aretino wrote another letter to Michelangelo expressing his admiration for the Last Judgment, but later accusing him of being irreligious and indecent because “You, on the contrary, presenting so awful a subject, exhibit saints and angels, these without earthly decency, and those without celestial honours.” The letter continued disapproving of Michelangelo’s… Read More Pietro Aretino & Michelangelo/3

Arthur Rimbaud

Arthur Rimbaud, uno dei famosi “poètes maudits/poeti maledetti” insieme a Verlaine e Mallarmé, nacque nel nord della Francia nel 1854 e morì a Marsiglia 130 anni fa, il 10 novembre 1891.Compose questa poesia quando quando aveva solo 16 anni. Rêvé pour l’hiver L’hiver, nous irons dans un petit wagon rose Avec des coussins bleus. Nous… Read More Arthur Rimbaud

Mama Jazz

“Some kids in Italy call me ‘Mama Jazz’; I thought that was so cute. As long as they don’t call me ‘Grandma Jazz.’” Ella Fitzgerald, the most popular female jazz singer for more than half a century, died on 15 June 1996, twenty-five years ago.She was often referred to as Lady Ella, the First Lady… Read More Mama Jazz

The End Of May

How the wind howls this mornAbout the end of May,And drives June on apaceTo mock the world forlornAnd the world-s joy passed awayAnd my unlonged-for face!The world-s joy passed away;For no more may I deemThat any folk are gladTo see the dawn of daySunder the tangled dreamWherein no grief they had.Ah, through the tangled dreamWhere… Read More The End Of May

Lou Reed

Lou Reed (Louis Firbank) was born on this day, 2nd March 1942.He was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was co-founder and the front man of the rock group the Velvet Underground, a band managed by Andy Warhol.He had also a successful solo career spanning several decades.In 1982, around his 40th birthday, he released… Read More Lou Reed

🎶 We Shall Overcome 🎶 (4. Use in protest movements)

In August 1963, Joan Baez led a crowd of 300,000 in several verses taken from “We Shall Overcome” at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Even President Lyndon Johnson, himself a Southerner, used the phrase “we shall overcome” in a speech delivered after the violent attacks on Civil Rights… Read More 🎶 We Shall Overcome 🎶 (4. Use in protest movements)