Tagged: CC202

Analects of the Core: Thoreau on the body of the world

Here lies the body of this world, Whose soul alas to hell is hurled. This golden youth long since was past, Its silver manhood went as fast, An iron age drew on at last; ‘Tis vain its character to tell, The several fates which it befell, What year it died, when ’twill arise, We only […]

Analects of the Core: Van Gogh on fallibility

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again. -Vincent Van Gogh

Analects of the Core: Austen on vanity and pride

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 5. Lynn Festa will be lecturing to the students of […]

Analects of the Core: Blake on energy

Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. – William Blake, “The Fly.” Fun Fact: Esperanza Spalding put out a song based on this poem.

Thus Ate Zarathustra

Woody Allen gives a comical and tongue-in-cheek summary, complete with excerpt, of Nietzsche’s alleged lost book on dieting to The New Yorker: No philosopher came close to solving the problem of guilt and weight until Descartes divided mind and body in two, so that the body could gorge itself while the mind thought, Who cares, […]

Analects of the Core: Shelley on legs of stone in the desert

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on […]

Analects of the Core: Wordsworth on grandeur

Wisdom and Spirit of the universe! Thou Soul, that art the Eternity of thought! And giv’st to forms and images a breath And everlasting motion! not in vain, By day or star-light, thus from my first dawn Of childhood didst thou intertwine for me The passions that build up our human soul; Not with the […]

Analects of the Core: Burns on honesty and poverty

Is there, for honest poverty, That hangs his head, and a’ that? The coward-slave, we pass him by, We dare be poor for a’ that! For a’ that, and a’ that, Our toils obscure, and a’ that; The rank is but the guinea-stamp, The man ‘s the gowd for a’ that! What tho’ on hamely […]

Analects of the Core: Blake on dawn

O Earth O Earth return! Arise from out the dewy grass; Night is worn, And the mourn Rises from the slumberous mass. – from “Introduction” to Songs of Experience by William Blake, whose poetry among others’ will be considered by Prof. Christopher Ricks in a lecture next Tuesday for the students of CC202

Analects of the Core: Thoreau on new-born wisdom

I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born. – Henry David Thoreau, from “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” in Walden, which book students will be reading this spring in CC202: From the Enlightenment to Modernity.