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Friday, October 29, 2004

Caedmon's Hymn

Now we must praise heaven-kingdom's Guardian,
the Measurer's might and his mind-plans,
the work of the Glory-Father, when he of wonders of every one,
eternal Lord, the beginning established.
He first created for men's sons
heaven as a roof, holy creator;
then middle-earth mankind's Guardian,
eternal Lord, afterwards made-
for men earth, Master almighty.

I found this poem via a classmates blog and became interested in for numerous reason. It was originally a hymn that was created around the year 680. I was fascinated by how old this poem is. Though many can state that the Odyssey and the Iliad are probably amongst the oldest forms of poetry, what makes this special is that it wasn't a story that was passed on from generation to generation in a culture. These lyrics were recited originally with a poetic charge in mind.
I also found it amusing how there wasn't a significant rhyme scheme that could be calculated, unlike so many poems i often study. The words rhyme scheme always come up in analyzing a poem. Still the best part about this was that even with no rhyme scheme the hymn manages to create a rhythmn and flow. Many words are repeated, notice all the words in italics. I believe this is partly what accounts for the continuous flow of the hymn. The fact that Caedmon also uses som many different words to describe the Supreme Being is interesting. The aboriginal people like Caedmon also use many words to describe snow, something which is very important and respected amongst their culture. Caedmon uses, in every line, new symbolic words such as Guardian, Master, Measurer, Father etc.
As i went on to read the text in the book below the poem i also found it interesting that the hymn is split into half line that are connected bby alliteration. Can you believe it alliteration existed in the year 680!!!!! Anyhow i was wondering if anyone had any idea why the hymn would be split into these half lines? My best guess for this is that possibly, since it was a hymn splittib the lines made for a more effective presentation musically. The hymn also contains, especially near the beginning, certain words that really imply urgeny and a great deal of commmitment. Words such as "might," and "now we must" are strong words that seem to invoke an attitiude upon which reminds the congregation not to forget the dedication expected and the power of the "Master almight."

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Caedmon's Hymn



Thursday, October 07, 2004

I must forget.....

Must What?

I MUST forget you,
But I should not

I MUST forget you,
But I know I cannot

I must forget you?
no. no time.

I must climb, I must love, I must fall, sail, fight, live
and live again.

What is good poetry and what is bad poetry? Forget all that technical stuff about what makes this or that good or not. For me if i like it - it's good, and if i don't like it it's bad (only to me of course). But there are some poems that are just overall bad. To tell you the truth i don't really care about classifying poems as either good or bad, it reminds me of other subjects such as philosophy, or math - is this philosophers argument vaild? Classifying poems, in my opinion will only damage the genre of poetry. Don't classify it - read it, write it, enjoy it!!!

Now i'm starting to get angry.....why do we now-a-days have to calssify everything? Why can't our society live freely to just simply enjoy and live. Instead we waste years trying to group things so that we uniformily believe in common theories. I think this it what leads to a lack of creativity in todays world. I think of all the great musicians and artists that have come and gone in the past, and i wonder will any come out of our generation? The scary thing is i don't think so - people become scared of creating "BAD" work. They cannot express themselves due to this fear and eventually forget how to think for themselves.

Many times this classifiying business just gets overturned anyways. In one of my other classes we looked at how Marx was dismissed for many of his ideas about capitalism, now he's considered one of the most relevant economic thinkers that lived. Truthfully, what do we really know?