Tag Archives: Poetry

The Tolkien Letters that Changed C.S. Lewis’ Life (On Tolkien’s Birthday)

Today is J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday. Born on January 3, 1892, he would be 127 today if he had been a longliver or immortal. To celebrate the occasion I decided to reblog my most popular Tolkien post. Tolkien’s work has made many … Continue reading

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Bethlehem as the Hingepoint of History: C.S. Lewis’ Christmas Revolution Poem

It is difficult to see this poem in the Christmases that most of us are subjected to. I think that’s why C.S. Lewis became a bit of a Christmas curmudgeon in his latter days. But in the midst of his … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ Unicorn Song

I have talked before about my love of Shel Silverstein’s poetry. Most people don’t know that he is the poet behind the Irish Rover’s international hit, “The Unicorn Song.” It’s hard to resist the Celtic charm of this lilting classic, … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ “Dymer”… or is it Deemer? (or Can Someone from the Buffyverse be Wrong?)

As I hinted last month, I have been reading and rereading C.S. Lewis’ Dymer. Lewis only kept a journal during his early Oxford years, 1922-1927. The diary’s posthumous title, All My Road Before Me, is taken from the first stanza of Dymer: … Continue reading

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John Donne’s “The Flea”

Part of the great fun of teaching is having students bring work to me. In just one class students have had me scurrying to Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, J.R.R. Tolkien‘s “The Last Ship,” Beowulf, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Bruce Elliot’s “Wolves Don’t Cry,” … Continue reading

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L.M. Montgomery’s Portrait of the Artist as a Ridiculous Young Man

While there is humour and light and poetry in Mongomery’s prose style, I suspect that most of L.M. Montgomery’s readers are first captured by her characters. Absolutely there is Anne Shirley of Green Gables: impetuous, magical, an invitation to wild … Continue reading

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Why the C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium is Awesome: Wordless

Just a quick note to say that I have had an amazing conference at Taylor University this past week. The C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium is truly awesome, and I hope to come back to why I think so. My heart … Continue reading

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