Virtue in the literature classroom

29th July, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

We had a wonderful discussion at CIRCE prompted by the following quote:   If all great art is symbolic of a kind of moral plenitude, of conflicting attitudes and impulses explored and worked through toward some ideal clarity, the act of reading is itself a model of ideal human relations, aspiring toward a perfect attentiveness » Read More

On Metaphor…Circe Conference 2013

29th July, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Metaphor Powerpoint Here is a copy of the powerpoint I used at Circe.  We had a very good time together thinking about the centrality of metaphoric thought by starting with Aristotle, moving on to Robert Frost and then to Walker Percy.  Frost argued that you aren’t educated unless you have had an “Education by Poetry” » Read More

ACCS AND SCL: pleasure and practice in the literature classroom

2nd July, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - 1 Comment

I’m combing two panel talks at two different conferences in the last couple of weeks to produce these blog recommendations:  Effective Practices in the Literature Classroom and The Role of Pleasure in Classical Education. Here are some suggestions that came from both of these discussions: I start every class having students recite either a poem » Read More

Why adjust to midnight?

29th April, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Emily Dickinson We Grow Accustomed to the Dark We grow accustomed to the Dark – When light is put away – As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp To witness her Goodbye – A Moment — We uncertain step For newness of the night – Then — fit our Vision to the Dark – And » Read More

Perfect poem for your pocket: A Major Work by William Meredith

24th April, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Wishing your great sloth heart movement on this April day of poetry month. This is why we turn to poetry–it gives us our humanity, our purpose in a thumbnail and makes us reckon where we are in the world. Read More

Bishop learns from Herbert: The Fish a poem for survivors

15th April, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

She did not share his religious convictions, but it is interesting that as a secular person she was able to embrace his poems and learn how to write poems from him. She who called herself “the loneliest person on earth,” was companioned by Herbert who book went with her everywhere. Read More

National Poetry Month–George Herbert and your life

9th April, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

The Pulley. VVhen God at first made man, Having a glasse of blessings standing by; Let us (said he) poure on him all we can: Let the worlds riches, which dispersed lie, Contract into a span. So strength first made a way; Then beautie flow’d, then wisdome, honour, pleasure: When almost all was out, God » Read More

Great Review of AOP with pictures!

18th March, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Take a look at this detailed review of AOP: http://www.newbeehomeschooler.com/apps/blog/show/24833632-schoolhouse-review-crew-the-art-of-poetry-grades-6-to-highschool-by-classical-academic-press Read More

St. Patrick’s Day and Breastplate

18th March, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

I bind unto myself today The strong Name of the Trinity, By invocation of the same The Three in One and One in Three. I bind this today to me forever By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation; His baptism in Jordan river, His death on Cross for my salvation; His bursting from the spicèd tomb, » Read More

Valentines Day

14th February, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies » Read More

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