The Arts, Always The Arts

The University of Sydney, established in 1850,...

The University of Sydney, established in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s Daily Prompt: “If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?”

Oh, what a joy. If I had the time and money to go back and restart my BA.

I’m sorely tempted at the moment to do just that. One problem I’d have is that there are too many subjects I’d like to study.

On my first run at Uni a dozen years back I started with English and Linguistics.

To go to University for a BA and not study English literature seems to me almost a crime. To be told I had to read all those great novels, plays and poems. To be told I had to listen to experts increase my understanding of them. To be forced to sit around an discuss them in tutorials. All I can say is ““Oh please Brer Fox, whatever you do, please don’t throw me into the briar patch.”

I loved English. I had such a good time.

Then there was linguistics. Apart from phonetics (aaaaaarrrgggggggg) I ate it up. There was the marvellous elements of systems in linguistics and an increasing understanding of how grammar worked that drew me in like a bee to pollen.

I also did a semester of mythology. I’d go back to that too. At the moment I have a couple of Joseph Campbell’s books sitting there waiting for me to read. I loved “The Power of Myth” and I’m looking forward to “The Hero With A Thousand Faces.

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Delays, delays, delays

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Lady Gregory pictured on the frontispiece to “Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography” (1913) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been quite a while since I posted. One of the reasons is that I’ve had a bad case of the “can’t finish” so there are a dozen or so mostly finished posts waiting in the queue.

One of the other reasons is that I started writing some poetry and I write poetry slowly. I tend to write with lots of imagery and symbology and one of my current poems had me delving deep into mythology, both Greek and Celtic.

That meant dragging out my copy of “The Golden Bough” and some solid research. One thing that makes that a lot easier is that you can get some brilliant books on the subject for free if you have a Kindle. I now have a copy of Bullfinch for the Greeks and some books by Yeats and Lady Gregory for the Celtic myths. I also dragged out my copy of Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth” just to refresh myself on the tropes and archetypes I’m playing with. That caused a ten day stop on the writing but on the upside it has convinced me to give fiction another try.

So forgive the lack of posts, I promise to do better. In just a day or so I will have up a review of the Kindle Paperwhite for you (spoiler – I love it).