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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesdays With Words: Week 34

 Education by Poetry by Robert Frost from the Imaginative Conservative

LOVE EVERY WORD!! And I thought I was the only one who thought that maybe poetry could stand in for all the subjects.  Whatever you skip next year and today, do not leave out poetry.  Here is a bit of hyperbole: This essay may be the most important thing you will read all year.

I would be willing to throw away everything else but that: enthusiasm tamed by metaphor. Let me rest the case there. Enthusiasm tamed to metaphor, tamed to that much of it. I do not think anybody ever knows the discreet use of metaphor, his own and other people’s, the discreet handling of metaphor, unless he has been properly educated in poetry.

(And now I am off to the dentist. Yes, that is right, I am off to the dentist with another child. This is not so bad as it could be. My dear husband is off to the Department of Motor Vehicles with a newborn 16 yo. This is the first time ever I have not had to do that horrid job, biting my fingernails and cussing, while the child forgets to check his mirrors or slow down for children playing. We all know that children don't play anymore anyway. But here's to Andrew and my new insurance rates.)


  1. Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great,
    And would suffice.

    Robert Frost


  2. And we have a new driver!!! Whew! No more daily trips to practice for me. I can now read regular books not just audio ones.

  3. I look forward to reading that essay. I've bookmarked it for the weekend. I've also downloaded the vimeo app to my phone so I can watch the "Teaching from A State of Rest" videos here and then in my spare moments. I love technology!

    This summer I get to take both the 19yo and the 15yo to the DMV for permits. Y'all can pray for me. My fingernails will be bitten down to the quick if I have to teach both of them to drive at once.

    I feel your pain about insurance rates. Mine doubled when I added 18yo to my policy last year (and those were GOOD rates!).

    I'm still reading An Experiment for Criticism. It was worth the money just for the quotes Lewis shares from various books nevermind his own amazing thoughts. A five star book for sure.

    Oh, and Cindy, I found a new book trilogy (actually an old book trilogy from the 1970's which is being reprinted). I've just started the first one which I borrowed from Open Library and it's like reading Downton Abbey without the soap opera. It starts in the summer before WWI begins and is about an Earl, his estate, his family, and all of the servants who run the place. I thought of you immediately. I'll let you know how I like it.

  4. We're onto our 5th now. They need 120 hours do practice before the test and this time it seems to be taken forever.mthe hours keep letting bumped up. Our first only had to do 50 hours prac and she was the worst driver by far.

  5. Congrats on the new driver and more time to read!

  6. I enjoyed reading the article by Robert Frost that you linked to. It made me feel like I might be on the right track in homeschooling. :)