What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
– Gerard Manley Hopkins –
No, this is not a literary essay! 😛
Hello, how are you? I’ve got a new cartoon! Doesn’t that make a blue Monday a little brighter!
Today’s cartoon is about the great English metaphysical poet, John Donne. If you’re not familiar with him, go read up on him. Trust me, it’s worth it, just to marvel at the decisions this man made and the amount he lived. Though I find him hugely entertaining, learning his stuff was getting on my nerves last exam… and I was feeling a bit irreverent. So I drew this cartoon about the life of John Donne. I have now scanned it in to share it with all of you.
So… welcome to my first hand-drawn cartoon on this blog!
What do you think? Does it make a nice change? Or should I please not quit my day job? (I think the latter. I can’t draw to save my life! :P) I erased my handwriting and retyped the text though, because I didn’t feel like annotating my handwriting. It’s usually especially bad when I’m annoyed at something!
Disclaimer: this cartoon does not mean any offence to any kind of religion, literary critic or poet. Or any others, for that matter. The point of satire is to laugh at everyone equally and at the same time and that is what I attempted here.
Ready? Let’s go.
(of the cartoon)
Now for some links, because I feel like sharing:
Someone emailed me this while I was on holiday (I suppose they must have read my book posts or something). I’m not being paid for this or anything, I just checked out this random email and thought that it was actually a pretty cool link. So, if you are in interested in creative writing and getting published and reading about other people writing, you might want to check this out: http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2012/07/02/the-top-100-creative-writing-blogs-updated/
Then… Beth? This one’s for you:
What’s your English gentry name?
I recently found this on Sparknotes and had some fun with it. I’m Grand Princess Victoria Harlow of Ashford, by the way. 🙂 I remember there was one for The Hunger Games as well which I also played with. My name was something ridiculously silly, but I’ve forgotten what now. 😛
I suppose I really should leave now to get some work done. Sigh. I haven’t done anything all weekend because I kept getting distracted by the Olympic Games. I tend to sit down to watch one race that I wanted to see and then I end up there for hours. It is the only time in four years that I am interested in watching sports! I always like to watch the gymnastics (because I can fall over my own feet while standing still and it is just so fascinating to watch people who aren’t like that ;)) and the sync swimming. This year I ended up watching quite a lot of the swimming – I’m not quite sure why – and the women’s diving.
Also, who watched the opening ceremony? I loved it! So many literature references! Okay, I did make some of them up myself, but I still saw them there! I saw hobbits all the way in the beginning with the countryside houses and all those things and I was squealing with delight and they weren’t even hobbits. I don’t need an excuse to see hobbits, apparently. 😛 When I saw this on 9gag, I was glad I wasn’t the only one seeing these kind of things!
I fell asleep after the Congo’s team walked by, though. I’ve been so dosed out on allergy medicine lately (think I’ve developed an allergy to breathing) that I literally couldn’t keep my eyes open. So I didn’t see the lighting of the Olympic flame, which I was sorry about, but that’s luckily what reruns are for!
Now, with all the being sickly and watching TV, it is now quite urgent that I go and write a summary of the history of the Netherlands and Belgium. So, I’ll go and do that and leave y’all to read cartoons or whatever else you want to read without me talking at you. 😉
Status update: I did say I would be back on Saturday, didn’t I? That is, if you understand French! Or used Google Translate. That works too!
Drinking: Nuffin’! *gaps*
Listening: Thomas J. Bergersen’s “Illusions” album. Seriously, I am obsessive about this thing!
Reading: Some Modernist text. Meh.
Yet again, this is not a real proper post. (What are real proper posts, actually? I haven’t quite figured that out.) I still have far too much work (and will probably continue to do so for a while now) to make headway with drawing new cartoons. Nothing changes, eh? So what this post is going to be instead is a collection of quotes and poetry that I have collected and then decorated in Inkscape. Alright, maybe one cartoon!
I was thinking of naming this post “Poetry Through the Ages”, but that sounds too much like an introductory lecture to Poetry 101. So, what happened was that I couldn’t think of something interesting at all to name this post. Perhaps because it is so discombobulated…? There is no one title to give this thing! I always try to give my posts attention-snapping titles, but this one is not being helpful, so it will have to do without. Punishment…
However, first off, the obligatory cartoon:
That’s how I feel most of the time! And it’s my own fault. Mindless surfing, playing endless games of Angry Birds Online and Online Scrabble, and reading and writing blogs are far more interesting than studying literary theory, right?
Right, now I’m done! As for the quotes…
As you will be able to deduct, I like quotes by Doug Larson.
This one is SO me. My computer is an extreme homework-eater. And also a procrastination-inducer!
This is one of my personal favourites:
And this one describes so well why I hate writing a traditional ending so much. Isn’t that so predictable?
This one was written in the late eighteenth century by Coleridge. It comes from an extremely long poem (it fills books!) called “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.
This is a limerick, written in the nineteenth century by Edward Lear. If you don’t know limericks, you can read more about it here, but what they basically are is a nonsense verse. They lean heavily on their rhyme to support themselves and usually they are rather frivolous and meaningless, but also funny!
This is another of my favourites, apparently dating as far back as the sixteenth century, when it was penned by an anonymous author.
The last one! This one IS my favourite! I think it is a very significant quote, for, although it pertains directly to the Christian world-view and way of life, I think it can be an important motto for anyone, even if you are not religious, or belong to another religion with different views.
This quote also took me the longest of all these things to decorate. Usually they are very fast – a few minutes at a time – but this one took hours and heaps of layers and gradients.
Ah well, then, I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at it, and I’ll be back sometime with some new post.
How do they say?
Expect me when you see me!