Saturday, December 31, 2011

Retiring the Blog

Greetings to any of you who are skillful enough with your fingertips to have some sort of feed of new entries to this blog, something which I wish I knew how to manage for my own reading convenience. I am retiring Like Newborn Babes, as it has been about a year since I've last used it. My interests have been more directed towards looking at and thinking about art and photography, and another location seems more fitting for such a thing. If anyone is interested, this new place can be found at It is most likely that this will primarily be a place for keeping track of images and artworks that I want to return to, as well as recommending some art by friends for others to see. I will also eventually provide some links to news articles, essays, and other forms of written discourse, that are important to share in this format.

All the Best,


Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Ballad of English Literature by Terry Eagleton

[Sung to the tune of Land of Hope and Glory]

Chaucer was a class traitor
Shakespeare hated the mob
Donne sold out a bit later
Sidney was a nob

Marlowe was an elitist
Ben Johnson was much the same
Bunyan was a defeatist
Dryden played the game

There's a sniff of reaction
About Alexander Pope
Sam Johnson was a Tory
And Walter Scott a dope

Coleridge was a right winger
Keats was lower middle class
Wordsworth was a cringer
But William Blake was a gas

Dickens was a reformist
Tennyson was a blue
Disraeli was mostly pissed
And nothing that Trollope said was true

Willy Yeats was a fascist
So were Eliot and Pound
Lawrence was a sexist
Virginia Woolf was unsound

There are only three names
To be plucked from this dismal set
Milton Blake and Shelley
Will smash the ruling class yet

Milton Blake and Shelley
Will smash the ruling class yet.


in Against the Grain, Essays by Terry Eagleton, Verso Books.