Simone Weil

4th March, 2009 - Posted by Christine Perrin - 1 Comment

One of my favorite thinkers is Simone Weil who was a French Philosopher.  Much of her philosophy reads like poetry.  She wrote many interesting things, here is one pithy quote.  “The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like a condemned man who is proud of his large cell.”  (Human Personality) I am » Read More

Good quote about poetry from CK Williams

4th March, 2009 - Posted by Christine Perrin - 1 Comment

This comes from the most recent issue of Poetry (March 2009)–a journal for poetry and poetry criticism.  CK Williams, a noted poet, says this about poetry.  “Often, our experience of beauty will be the first hint of what each of us at some point will dare call our soul.  For don’t those first stirrings of » Read More

On Memorizing Poems

4th March, 2009 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

One of the best ways to get to know and love and USE poems is to memorize them.  Pick a short poem to begin (perhaps “Dust of Snow” or “A Noiseless Patient Spider”), use hand motions, work line by line repeating the earlier lines each time you learn a new one.  After you’ve learned it, » Read More