Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

Benvenuto Cellini lived from November 1, 1500, through February 13, 1571.  During his life he was a goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier, musician and artist.  In his spare time he wrote poetry and his world famous autobiography.

He is considered by those who know these things as one of the most important artists of Modernism.   This period of art incorporates a variety of approaches and is an intellectual reaction to High Renaissance work such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.  These qualities are exaggerated and in a sense can be seen as asymmetrical and unnaturally elegant.  Examples of his most famous work includes the Salt Cellar and Perseus with the Head of Medusa.

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini was completed in five years being finished when Cellini was 63 years old.  His memoir details his career, loves, hatreds, passions and is written in a direct, even racy style.  From his writing, we find he had an extravagant degree of self-regard.  In the midst of his already extraordinary life, he inserted incredulous but entertaining accounts of devils, mistresses, murder and other fantastic events that are at times hard to find credible.

Whatever else might be said of the work, it is highly entertaining and very colorful in its tales.

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Chapter 33 may be read here:

http://www.bartleby.com/31/2033.html

Or, alternatively, listened to in an audiobook format here:

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Broken Hearted Sonnet

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Broken Hearted Sonnet
by Michael Romani

Hearts are such fickle things
Not bound by words or even rings
Too often secrets unknown
Bring ruin to affections shown
I could have loved you, perhaps, forever
Loving you with no end; never
But you proved too clever
To love a fool like me; ever
Hearts are such fickle things
Mine pushes forward as the new day brings
Silence in the words never spoken
And all that I've given is but a token
Of all the love that I would have given you
If only my love was, for you, a love that could be true

(c) August 18, 2017  Michael Romani
All Rights Reserved

Chronophobia - Keeping Focused On the Heart

 

 

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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Solitary

Moments Alone

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First Principles: Unlimited Taxation Is the Power to Destroy

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” —John Marshall (1819)

In an interesting aside the Plaintiff in this matter was represented by the distinguished Daniel Webster.  The decision in McCulloch v. Maryland may be read in its entirety here:

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a6_2s34.html

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Thought of the Day: If You Cannot Remember the Past, You’re Condemned To Repeat It

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  – George Santayana, in Life of Reason

Life of Reason can be read in its entirety here:

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/651081/pdf

 

 

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation – Martin Luther

In the first of Luther’s three tracts published in 1520, To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation out the signature doctrines of Lutheranism.  These include the priesthood of all believers and the two kingdoms.  It was written in German and not Latin.  It also sets out for the German laity a concise attack on three main doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.  To find out more….

 

You may read this tract in its entirety at:

http://www.bartleby.com/36/5/1000.html

A video documentary on Luther’s life may be seen here:

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Coral Fibonacci

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Coral Fibonacci
by Michael Romani

One
Cell
Polyps
Centuries
Of growth they may last
With extra degrees they are past

Bleached
Reefs
They die
Children cry
In the nursery
Begging humanity for mercy

Hear
See
Listen
Feel beauty
There in simplicity
Their symbiosis is pristine

Life
Starts
At this
Nursery
It feels injury
Can it heal the wounds inflicted?

(c) August 15, 2017 Michael Romani
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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Unfurl

An unfurling of abstraction:

Grand Finale - Unfurled_001

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First Principles: Dishonesty Poisons the Heart, Soul and Mind

“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Fairly self explanatory on a personal level, isn’t it?  And when the media has decided to become propaganda this same poisoning occurs to the nation at large.

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: Better To Be Politically Buried Than Hypocritically Immortalized

“I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than to be hypocritically immortalized.” – Davy Crockett, frontiersman, soldier, and politician (17 Aug 1786-1836)

 

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