Monday, February 28, 2011

Give away at Erratic Muse!

Erratic Muse is having a HUGE give away with lots of Shakespeary things! Here are just a few of the lovely things that are being given away!

This is a very cool pendant.
I love this one it has such soft colors and is so feminine!

I like this one for the same reasons as state for the one above. :)

Shakespeare was one of the masters of language. He knew how to say things that would make people think, and react. I love the words that he uses!

Some of my first introductions to Shakespeare were through Usborne, they have a book that is a collection of Shakespeare's plays told in story form. I loved to read the stories!

I really enjoy Twelfth Night. The story always makes me laugh. We watched once a filmed version, but it was play form. So it had sets, it was not like a movie, It was like a stage. It was very good, and my sisters enjoyed it too. We all laughed when Malvolieo was reading the letter and the others were listening in. :) That was our favorite part.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Shakespeare Week!

It is Shakespeare Week over at The Erratic Muse!! I am very exited for it!!!! :) I love language (as I posted earlier)! I have been wanting to read more Shakespeare and learn more about him so this will be a great opportunity!

My mom was a theater major in collage so I hear a lot about Shakespeare, and when I was younger I tried to read some of it, but it was really hard for me. Now that I am older it is much easier! :)

I am very interested in Shakespeare's history plays. I am a huge history fan!!!!!!! I love history!!!! So those would be one of my first targets. :) I have been reading a lot of the British monarch history at the moment. Mostly Plantagenet and Tudor.

One of my favorite quotes from Shakespeare is ... "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown" from Henry the IV. Uneasy lies the Head was actually a title to a book I read about Henry VII by Jean Plaidy.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Poet's Mind by Alfred Tennyson

I am on a Tennyson kick right now, so I that is why I am posting so many of his poems. :) I got from the library "The Complete Poetical Works of Tennyson", so that is why there is so much of him. :)

The Poet's Mind
By Alfred Tennyson
Vex not thou the poet's mind
With thy shallow wit;
Vex not thou the poet's mind,
For thou canst not fathom it.
Clear and bright it should be ever,
Flowing like a crystal river,
Bright as light and clear as wind.

Dark-brow'd sophist, come not anear;
All the place is holy ground;
Hollow smile and frozen sneer
Come not here.
Holy water will I pour
Into every spicy flower
Of the laurel shrubs that hedge it around.
The flowers would faint at your cruel cheer.
In your eye there is death,
There is frost in your breath
Which would blight the plants.
From the groves within
The wild bird's din.
In the heart of the garden the merry bird chants.
It would fall to the ground if you came in.
In the middle leaps a fountain
Like sheets lightning,
Ever brightening
With a low melodious thunder;
All day and all might it is ever drawn
From the brain of the purple mountain
Which stands in the distance yonder.
It springs on a level of bowery lawn,
And the mountain draws it from heaven above,
And it sings a song of undying love;
And yet, tho its voice be so clear and full,
You never would hear it, your ears are so dull;
So keep where you are; you are foul with sin;
It would shrink to the earth if you came in.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Take up Your Cross and Follow Me

Christ tells us to take up our crosses and to follow him.
"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose is, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matt. 16:24-25)
If we follow him we will be in the light of truth.
"I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
"If you would be f=perfect, go sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me." (Matt. 19:21)

Following Jesus is not easy. It is hard, very hard. We have to be willing to deny ourselves and follow him. This is not easy, don't let anyone tell you it is, because it is not! Even though it is hard, and we give up so much for Him, we will have treasure in Heaven, which is far more valuable than treasure of this world. Through following Christ we can become more like Him. We can be healed from our sin. The reward for following Him and being faithful to the end is far greater than what we give up by following Him.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Language is something I have been thinking about for a while. Language is such and amazing thing! There is so much you can do with it! I do not think any one has really ever fully understood just all that language can do. We have many authors, writers, and poets who wrote and who had mastered and understood what language could do but can any really understand all that is can do?

I love language! I love how you can take words like red and moonlight, and explore what those words make people feel. Without much context these words are nothing but a bunch of letters put together. But when you put those words in the context of a story.. boom you have words that mean something! They make people feel something. Red can be romantic and tragic, moonlight all so romantic and spooky depending on what your story is and what you want the reader to feel. This is why I love language!! There is so much that you can explore with it!

I made it a goal to read as many of the "classics as possible this year. I am including poetry in this.
If you have any classic books that you have read and enjoyed, please share! :)


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Supposed Confessions by Alfred Tennyson

This poem brought out a whole new side to Tennyson that I had not even thought of. It is a very inspiring poem! When you think of Tennyson The Lady of Shalott comes to mind, You don't really think of this poem.
This is only the first Stanza the whole poem is very long.

Supposed Confessions
by Alfred Tennyson

O God! my God! have mercy now.
I faint, I fall. Men say that Thou
Didst die for me, for such as me,
Patient of ill, and death, and scorn,
And that my sin was as a thorn
Among the thorns that girt Thy brow,
Wounding They soul - That even now,
In this extremest misery
Of ignorance, I should require
A sign! and if a bolt of fire
Would rive the slumbrous summer noon
While I do pray to Thee alone,
Think my belief would stronger grow!
Is not my human pride brought low?
The boastings of my spirit still?
The joy I had in my free-will
All cold, and dead, and corpse-like grown?
And what is left to me but Thou,
And faith in Thee? Men pass me by;
Christians with happy countenances-
And children all seem full of Thee!
And women smile with saint-like glances
Like Thine own mother's when she bow'd
Above Thee, on that happy morn
When angels spake to men aloud,
And Thou and peace to earth were born.
Good-will to me as well as all-
I one of them; my brothers they;
Brothers in Christ- a world of pace
And confidence, day after day;
And trust and hope till things should cease,
And then one Heaven receive us all.


Monday, February 21, 2011

My Faith; The Nicene Creed

This Creed sums up all that I believe in.

The Nicene Creed

I Believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten not made; of one essence with the Father , by whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven , and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, whose Kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord the Giver of Life, Who Proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets; And I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge on Baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come. Amen.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

First Post

Well I really am exited about this! I can't wait to share with you all my thoughts, books, music, and moves even! I really have wanted to do this for a while, but have not gotten around to it. I finally am now though! I want to share my faith with all of you too. It is such a big part of me that it gets mixed in with a lot of other things.

I have always wanted to reach out in some way to other people. It is not easy for me to find ways to do that. I hope that this blog can be my way of reaching out, as well as having fun.