Monthly Archives: December 2013

Shelf Reflections: The Year (and More!) in Review

On a chilly, rainy Friday morning back in October, I walked up to my bookshelf to find a book to read. I spent some time sorting through the spines until I began asking myself: How many of these books have … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

Tomorrow marks a very special day in the lifetime of Shelf Reflections…because this blog will have survived its first full month of entries! Rather than dive right into another book or poem, then, I just wanted to say thanks to … Continue reading

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Wandering Among “Towery Cities” and “Branchy Towers”

The title of this post takes its cue from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Duns Scotus’s Oxford,” a lovely little poem I read earlier today. The post will talk about the poem and what (I think) it means. But there’s more to … Continue reading

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“[M]urder, Though It Have No Tongue:” Audiences and Realities

If you have been following along for the last few posts, you may have noticed that I’ve been talking a lot about literature and reality, and how the two mutually influence another in different ways. In poetry, there are certain … Continue reading

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“But I’ll Tell You More By-And-By:” Two Reflections on Authenticity in the English Novel

Why should we believe what we read? Yes, this is indeed the third groan-inducing question I have asked here in the past week or so, and of course, there are many ways to answer this question. A short answer, for … Continue reading

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Bookmarks: 11/24/13 – 12/15/13

Just finished submitting my first round of applications for graduate school. Here’s a painting someone once did to show my reaction to the whole experience… Now for some good news! Yesterday’s post on Northrop Frye and The Educated Imagination was my tenth for … Continue reading

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A Defense of Reading: Northrop Frye and the Educated Imagination

In my last post I started off with a groan-inducing question. So for consistency, let me start this post in a similar vein: Why read at all? Well, that’s not a terribly useful question – literacy is intimately linked with survival, … Continue reading

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