Category Archives: Education

The Shame of Being a Poet

Snippets 143.  Last week we looked at a quote from the opening to the memoirs of Christian Johann Heinrich Heine, a German lyric poet, whose words were set to music by composers including Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.   There is … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Life

Snippets 109.  Colley Cibber (1671-1757) is a name that will be unfamiliar to many today, but in his day he was very well known as a playwright. Unfortunately, despite being Poet Laureate, his reputation was for being a particularly bad … Continue reading

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Pride and Ignorance (Snippets 52)

Americanisms and Briticisms by James Brander Matthews is an entertaining study of the differences in spoken and written language between the two nations.  It is a useful snapshot, not just of the words themselves, but of concerns at the time … Continue reading

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Journals 5.4 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 4)

The following is a continuation of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  For the previous parts, please see the earlier entries from 17th, 21st and 25th July 2015. Visiting the New York Stock Exchange, O’Rell was amazed by the … Continue reading

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