Literary Wisdom · Poetry

The Split-Heart Plight of Beatrice Portinari: A Sestina

If I were to select any literary couple other than Prince Hamlet and Lady Ophelia with whom to celebrate Valentine's Day, I would choose Dante Alighieri and Beatrice Portinari without question. Though their real-life romance is rather tragic—one could even see the dismal misfortune in a Wikipedia biography—their literary reconciliation is among the sweetest and most ancient epitomes of Christian romantic devotion.

Literary Wisdom · Poetry

Literary Wisdom: “Inferno” by Dante Alighieri

As the year began to close, I ventured into the world of epic poetry—and what a beautiful thing it has been! With many thanks to Homer's Odyssey and Milton's Paradise Lost, I finally learned what it was like to sail through the mythological, monster-ridden Mediterranean Sea and to fly on the wings of angels, whirling through space and… Continue reading Literary Wisdom: “Inferno” by Dante Alighieri

Literary Wisdom · Poetry

On the Death of Frankenstein

When I was first assigned Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I couldn't think why that could be. Mind you, my teachers were and are exceptionally nice, but horror? The kind made up of nothing but virtually inaccessible laboratories covered in toxic fumes, containing nothing but the maddest and most unearthly fashion of men? Screams of "Aaaah!", "It's alive!", and… Continue reading On the Death of Frankenstein

Poetry

On the Cold War

Hello, everyone— To end the month of February (and the theme of poetry introduced in the last post), I'd to share a poem revisiting a concept previously discussed in "Communism vs. Christianity."  As I wrote in that post, I explained my conviction that this historical conflict is an excellent illustration of the spiritual; as such, this piece attempts… Continue reading On the Cold War