a miscellany

Well met, fair friends. I’ve missed you. I’ve been swamped with school (in fact, I still am), but I decided to take a small bit of time out of my day to say hello. How are you?

Here are a few miscellaneous happenings…

We had false spring here in southern Michigan a few weeks ago. Then we had a few days of bitter cold. It’s been back and forth for a while. It’s looking like next week will be nice and lovely… and I’ll be home with my family! I miss them a great deal. The past two months have been full of much emotional, spiritual, and intellectual growth, and I’m very glad to be here at college, but I am also ecstatic to see my siblings and parents again for a week. Y’all, college is kind of… draining? Who would’ve thought?

So fare thee well, my own true love
When I return united we will be
It’s not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me
But my darling when I think of thee

I have had almost no time to read for fun lately, but I almost don’t mind, because I have read the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Confessions, Republic, Nicomachean Ethics, and parts of the Metaphysics, Livy’s Histories, Horace’s Odes, The Abolition of Man, the Consolation of Philosophy, and Problemata De Creatione (a book of Renaissance Jewish theology). And it’s a load of fun to read these. Some bookish thoughts:

  • I think the Iliad is a masterpiece, but there is just so much death, so I get exhausted reading it. (Yes, Achilleus, I realize you are very good at hitting people in precisely the right place to kill them efficiently. That’s enough, thank you.)
  • The Odyssey is even more masterpiece-ly. I need a movie. Now. I have already fancast Oscar Isaac as Odysseus. The SCENE in Book 19 where he meets Penelope!!!! *incoherent fangirling* Somebody better know what I’m talking about and comment about it, because *flails* who knew an ancient epic could make me so happy?
  • Vergil’s understanding of the gods is moving slowly closer to the way that Christians understand God, but also he gets so much wrong. And the Aeneid feels very artificially structured. I still like some parts of it, and I appreciate it as literature, but you’ll never hear me squealing about Dido or something.
  • MONICA THOUGH. I underlined half of everything in Confessions. “Nothing is far from God. There is no danger that at the end of the world he will not know where to find me and raise me up.” CHILLSSS
  • ‘Tis really fun to sightread Renaissance Latin with a learned history professor explaining it all to you as you go.

By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young man calling
“Nothing matters, Mary, when you’re free
Against the famine and the crown
I rebelled; they cut me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity.”

Also I have now officially decided to declare my major as classics (with a possible change to a double Greek/Latin major later on, depending on how much Greek I decide to take) AND I’ve been accepted by the faculty advisor I most wanted, so I am very happy! I’m going to spend the next three years poring over ancient languages that no one speaks any more and it’s going to be marvelous.

But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Another random thing is that I love a lot of the clubs I go to here. I speak Latin at lunch every Tuesday, and on Fridays I read Old English and share my writing at a Tolkien club, and Saturdays I read Chesterton. I am hoping to start attending Shakespeare club after break. I think my favorite is Poetry Saturday, though. We read one or two poets each week for about an hour, and then we stand in a circle and sing folk songs.

Why weep for me, for I’m anxious to go
To that haven of rest where no tears e’er flow?
And I fear not my fate when it’s time to depart
I will sail with the sun in the old churchyard

PoeSat has rekindled my love for folk music, which began thanks to Grim and now shows no sign of letting up. I think my favorites right now are “The Leaving of Liverpool,” “The Fields of Athenry,” and “The Parting Glass.” “The Old Churchyard” is a Glorious Thing of Beauty as well. (Quotes in this post are from those songs.)

Anyway. I think that’s most everything I have to say for today. College is making me into a better person and I have Great Aspirations to be a Studious Student and get Good Grades (yes those all need capital letters; yes I have studied Turabian extensively, and I assure you that it is required for random important words to receive capital letters in academic essays) — which means that I must bid you adieu and Study Studiously.

Until next time, remember Whose you are.

14 thoughts on “a miscellany”

    1. Ha, thanks. It wasn’t intentional but I can certainly see that. Also a nice reminder that I’m living the life I’ve dreamed about for the past few years and I shouldn’t complain about it (:

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  1. AAAAAHHHH this post made me so happy. CUZ ALL THE FOLK MUSIC. Also you sound happy. 🙂 Busy but happy. And I guess that makes me happy, haha. 😉 I’m so glad you’ve been able to decide on a major! Classics is an awesome one. I know I could absolutely never do it (my foreign language skills are…dubious…dead languages or otherwise lol), but I’m so pleased and excited that you’ll be able to. ❤ Also, despite my sub-par familiarity with Homer, Oscar Isaac as Odysseus is brilliant heh.
    Yaaasss welcome to the folk music cult. Your playlist made me smile so hard. Looks a lot like some of mine, haha. 😀 Although I've not listened to the High Kings much…I like their version of May the Road Rise To Meet You, though. Do you know that one? I wonder, also, if the Leaving of Liverpool is related to The Leaving of Limerick (or just a folk-processed version of the same song). *reaches for Mainly Norfolk* *five minutes later* Does not appear to be, nope, despite their similar titles and subject matter. In which case I'd highly recommend Leaving of Limerick to you, because it seems just your cup of tea. (#sadromanceballads) *goes off to listen to Liverpool edition* Y'know, the tune's kind of similar too. Limerick's got a more Sean Nos flavor to it though. But that could be circumstantial. *more internet research* *several more minutes pass* Limerick seems to be translated from Gaelic? Which would make sense, it sounds like it–like I said, major Sean Nos vibes from that (Sean Nos being the Gaelic storytelling music–yes, that's an actual genre and it's awesome.)
    *comes back to earth with a bump*
    Um. This has been: Grim researches folk music, in real time. Lol. XD Anyway, I think you'd like Limerick.
    I've got to agree with Liesl; overall, this post is astonishingly dark academia lol. I love it. The whole thing made me very happy. God bless you, my dear!

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    1. Shall go listen that one (: I loved seeing your research process in real time! A true pleasure, my dear. I’m so glad my happiness makes you happy. And I am… happy, I think, despite the busyness and the exhaustion. Trying to remember the things I know are true: God loves me, and He made me, and He made me to be here, now, doing what I am doing. So I will try to do it well. And that is a kind of happiness.

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    1. Please do read some of them! They’re all pretty good. As for the clubs, I know, I can’t believe I found so many cool ones! A lot of them are traditions on campus for a long time, and I happened to stumble upon a good group of friends who have similar interests and run awesome clubs. Poetry club is the one I’d most recommend starting in your area — we meet once a week, read aloud poems by a specific author, and then sing some folk songs to close out the evening (:

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  2. ahh, it sounds like you’re having a great time at college! Chesterton and Tolkein and Old English and dead languages and Great Books…that’s what I want out of college.
    I need to reread the Iliad, but yeah, all that death and the in-depth descriptions was a bit much. one of my favorite parts (in that I find it funny) is in book XXIV (I believe) where Hera is talking to Zeus and he’s saying how much prettier she is than all his other girlfriends, going so far as to name all the heroic children he’s had with them. he really knows how to compliment a girl XD

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    1. Somehow I missed this comment forever ago! I have been having a wonderful time here and I hope you can have it too. Just don’t forget, midterms and finals and papers are things.

      I think I like the Iliad more now than I did when I wrote this post (despite not having read it since). I’ll have to re-evaluate. Book Four is my favorite, though! Helen is so bitterly broken and Homer does a great job portraying that.

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