Time flies, doesn’t it. Well, this the 12th and the last guest post of the Guest Post program I started earlier this year. Next year, I won’t be conducting this ones a month activity. But if anyone is interested in writing as a Guest for Confessions of a Readaholic, drop an email.
by Richard Rensberry
The recent developments on the gun control front have me scratching my head. Those who will be violent will be violent whether that have a gun or not. Gun control is the wrong target when it comes to lessening acts of violence, it only serves to create its counterpart; unchallenged and unrestrained violence. Just look at the unrestrained violence that happened recently in Paris as proof of the illegitimacy of gun control.
The byproduct of gun control is arms only being in the hands of the violent offensive front, be it criminals, terrorists, drug cartels, governments, you name it. This end product is the complete opposite of what should be stressed. What should be stressed is the ownership and skilled use of guns by responsible citizens who would then have the capability to curtail the the irresponsible governmental and criminal elements. The bad guys will always retain or manufacture weapons no matter if all guns were labeled illegal and taken away from the general citizenry. Continue reading “GUEST POST- Gun Control by Richard Rensberry”
And who has seen the moon
Will see the dawn too, soon
But what I cannot promise
Is the sun at noon.
It is the Isle of mystery
Where you have been dumped
And duped by the whole humanity
Left all by yourself.
In other sense you are free
Fromm all those norms and taboo
From every injustice and corruption
That you were forcefully made part of
Without a standing ovation.
You can take of the self
There is water and air and peace
Nothing else that you need
While you build the ship for you will need it
Build the ship and name it death.
In a distance I can hear a howl
With the fall of the rain, howl is supported
Tonight is a lonely night
And he stands beside me like a ghost
Not listening to what I hear, melonchically.
Under the terrible light
I cannot see somebody else
It’s all misty there
Until the mist
Itself tends to takes a shape
The shape of myself.
At that troubled end
I try to get adjacent
I see smoke ash arranged in a motif
Later on the ashes gather in the shape
The shape of myself.
The glimmer of the evening rays
Heavy sun of summer, sleepy,
Goes past me up the college Wall.
Below, in the lawn
Insufficient grass, with a rose
Standing in the middle, assisted by a hundred thorns.
Beyond the lawn, adjoins a pavement; rough and soothe
On which passes the world with shadows down at their feet,
Going left and right.
Continue reading “The College Window”
Dante’s Inferno offers a great amount of lessons that are considered to be moral and necessary. Born in Florence to a noble family, and ended up spending almost half of his life in exile Dante presents The Divine Comedy which is believed an epic, with various moral lessons and taking a reader’s conscience in to his grateful imagination that is altogether a different world from what we are living and it’s basis are the same moral values we believe in. In the review, I talked about how iconic it is that a piece of literature like Dante’s can survive almost 700 years and reaching a state of being well-known. That’s the beauty of his work.
“How hard it is to tell what it was like,
this wood of wilderness, savage and stubborn
(the thought of it brings back all my old fears),
a bitter place! Death could scarce be bitterer.
But if I would show the good that came of it
I must talk about things other than the good.”
–Inferno Continue reading “What to learn from Dante’s Inferno?”
Inferno by Dante Alighieri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Imagine that feeling, when you are reading a book and by the end it makes you feel complete. We all have observed that by one or the other book(s). Dante’s Divine Comedy: Inferno is one of them. Written almost 700 years ago, it still has the mesmerizing capacity to capture a human’s attention. It’s iconic for a literary work to survive a 700 years and Dante’s work has reached that status: most people at least know of the Inferno, even if they haven’t read it.
Dante’s Inferno, the first third of what has come to be known as the Divine Comedy. Dante himself only referred to it as a Comedy and the “Divine” characterisation was added later. A long poem whose narrative describes what amounts to the poet’s tour of the afterlife. The whole poem is divided into 100 cantos, the Inferno (Hell) has 34, the other two parts– Purgatorio (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Paradise) each have 33. Each canto is written in a form referred to as terza rima, where every three lines rhymes. Getting that rhyming scheme from Italian into English has been one of the major challenges of every translator of the work. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s translation is reasonable to some extent. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Inferno by Dante Alighieri”