Tag Archives: Essay

The Having of Something To Say

What makes a poet? The Having Something To Say by Michael Doyle Sitting here in the middle of a think Mentally stumbling slipping toward brink Wondering what it is that makes a poet Certainly certain that I don’t know it … Continue reading

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In An Argument For Union

In  a further look at American history, let’s take a poetic look at the foundations of federating our republic: In An Argument For Union by Michael Doyle Each of these concerns had the attention Of our Founding Fathers with keen … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Stevenson – Samuel Pepys

In 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson published a memorable essay on the life of Samuel Pepys.  Pepys was an administrator of England’s navy and Parliamentarian who was also famous for keeping a remarkable diary for a decade while relatively young.  He … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Pascal – Discourse On the Passion of Love

We have previously discussed the life and legacy of Blaise Pascal.  This being Valentine’s Day, it seems there might be no better time than today to introduce his Discourse On the Passion of Love. Discourse on the Passion of Love may … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Voltaire – Letters On the English

We have previously looked at the life and legacy of Voltaire.  Please review this information elsewhere on this blog.  Letters on the English or Letters Concerning the English Nation is a series of essays written by Voltaire on his living in … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Thomas Carlyle – Characteristics

Born on December 4, 1795, Scottish philosopher, writer, essayist, historian , mathematician and teacher Thomas Carlyle was considered one of the most important social commentators in the Victorian era.    Aloha Promises Forever as previously discussed Carlyle’s life and legacy … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Poe – The Poetic Principle

Aloha Promises Forever has previously discussed the life and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.  Please refer to these posts for further background.  For now, suffice it to say that Poe was born on January 19, 1809.  He passed away on … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Edmund Burke – On Taste

Edmund Burke was born on  January 12, 1729   Aloha Promises Forever has previously discussed the life and legacy of Edmund Burke elsewhere on our post pages.  Please review these for a fuller background on this gentleman. The essay On Taste  … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: What Is a Classic? – Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

The French literary critic Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve was born December 23, 1804 and passed away on October 13, 1869.  His essay What Is A Classic I considered just that… a classic of western thought. What Is A Classic may be read here: … Continue reading

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