As kingfishers catch fire – Nature | PLBC02.3

One of the most prominent aspects of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s language is how vibrating his poems are when recited. And this comes from using repetition, alliteration and assonance, a feature already touched upon here. (full overview and general thoughts about the book here)

Another linguistic element that frequently appears in his sonnets is represented by coined words, such as: “leafmeal”, “quickgold”, the verbs “justices”, “twindles”, and many more.… Read more

As kingfishers catch fire – Death and Depression | PLBC02.2

As I’ve mentioned here, Gerard Manley Hopkins was completely unknown to me, and reading his work was a challenge, but a very satisfying one. Here I talk about the poems that stuck with me the most. They might not be the happiest ones, but they were the most striking ones to me. “Spring and Fall” captured a moment in childhood that brought back memories, “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo” is exploring desolation in an astonishing beautiful manner, while “I wake and feel” and “No worst” are the quintessence of how it feels to despair.

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PLBC - 01 - Mrs Rosie and the Priest - Giovanni Boccaccio

Mrs Rosie and the Priest – Boccaccio | PLBC01

The first book from the Penguin’s Little Black Classics collection of 80 works includes four short stories by Giovanni Boccaccio placed in the fourteenth-century Florence. They are but a sample from “The Decameron”, where we can find 100 stories in total told by a group of people trying to kill time while they spend two weeks in isolation in a villa to avoid the Black Death.

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