Archive for September 2014

Witticism

Witticism
I’ve found the source of something very familiar in my latest session of browsing through Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. No wonder it’s so familiar — it’s from “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare (1564-1616): “Brevity is the soul of wit.” That’s part of Bartlett’s 88 pages (in my edition) of Shakespeare quotations. For more fun with words, stop... Read more »

Sustaining 'Summer'

Sustaining 'Summer'
“Suddenly I was sick of the savagery of the world.” That’s the first line of the Prelude — an aptly musical description — to “Summer of the Red Wolf” by Morris West (first published in Britain by William Heinemann Ltd., 1971; the following quotes from the New English Library edition, 1972). It’s one of my... Read more »

Look what they've done to my song -- they've changed it!

Look what they've done to my song -- they've changed it!
I’ve tried translating some songs recently from English to French. It’s brought back memories of learning about translated music in French class back at Valparaiso University in the year 19-never-mind. Either things can mean the same, or they can rhyme in the new language, but mean different things. My favorite example is a folk-style song... Read more »
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