Encouragement 

Sometimes in the midst of concert season, the muses (or my professors...) decide to make a huge paper due. But, sometimes, the very book about which you are writing a paper gives you a little word of encouragement to turn your stressed spirit into a "stubborn spirit."     "I will endure it, keeping a…

Reading Rainbow: College Edition

Sometimes my color-coded annotation system gets a little out of hand, but it sure is pretty. In the wise words of Buddy the Elf, "It's like a Christmas tree!" This rainbow artwork of a first page gives me hope as I push through "ye olde English".     But then again, maybe old English isn't so…

Accidental Poetry

I came to the library with intentions of finishing Dante's Paradise and therefore getting ahead on my homework, but I made the dire mistake of listening to one of my all-time favorite orchestra pieces, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending." (Stink it, Dante! You distracted me with "as a lark wheeling in the open sky"...curse your beautiful…

Poems and Trees and Such

It is National Poetry Day and I feel compelled to participate. Unfortunately, I tend to be much better at prose and the occasional limerick. Don't believe me? The crowning achievement of my poetic career is this, written in eighth grade and shared by my dear friends throughout the entire school during a poetry appreciation event. Thanks…

The Word Crimes Inferno

In reading Dante's Inferno, I was struck by his ability to identify, categorize, and assign fitting punishments to various sins. This is not perhaps the most cheerful observation, but it was certainly intriguing and made me think (apologies for the morbidity): what crimes I would punish were I to write a modern Inferno and how would I…