Category Archives: Reformation and Restoration

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Voltaire

Born François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), Voltaire was a French philosopher during the French Enlightment era. He was an avocate for freedom of religion and expression, who adopted his nom de plume following his 11-month imprisonment at the Bastille, Paris in 1718.

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Shakespeare

I don’t know from which play Shakespeare wrote this, but he’s right. We need to laugh and let the “old wrinkles come”. As I read this, I can imagine him with wrinkles all over his face too.

God bless the old Bard.

Written in response to Writer's Quote Wednesday by Silver Threading, with this week's theme focusing on "Laughter". Image source: Pinterest.

 

 

For the love of John Donne

One of my most favourite poets, in all of history, is John Donne (1572 – 1631).

Born in England during a time when religion was illegal, he became known as a Metaphysical Poet. According to Poets.org:

“The Metaphysical Poets are known for their ability to startle the reader and coax new perspective through paradoxical images, subtle argument, inventive syntax, and imagery from art, philosophy, and religion using an extended metaphor known as a conceit.”¹

I learnt of Donne when I saw a documentary on him, called Simon Schama’s John Donne. I only watched it, because I’m a fan of Schama from his History of Modern Britain programmes. I had no idea who the heck this poet was, or any of his works. But since I like learning new things, so I watched it.

I was engrossed. 

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The Things History Lost and Found: The British Monarchy

Following the posts of The Things History Lost and The Things History Found, I’m going to continue, but combine them together got the final third post of the series. Instead of looking at actual objects or artefacts that one tends to lose, such as treasures and possessions, I like to look at actual events that became –  or fell out of being – part of history, such as architecture, laws, and royalty. There have been many. The one aspect I can definitely think of that history lost and found is the British Monarchy.
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