threearruda wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:23 am
jwatcher16 wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:17 am
Hi there threearruda -
Glad you're aboard here! Hope you're enjoying "Lyrical Ballads"
I came here today to note I think there have been quite a few categories lately involving poets and/or poetry. Very cool for me as I write poetry and very much enjoy such categories even though I probably haven't read much of it at all after no longer being "in school."
BTW, do you follow the Wordsworthians? They (the Wordsworth Trust) tweet all kinds of things about all the Romantic poets - quotes, articles, blog posts, what happened on that date sometimes, and even PICTURES! One of the best pictures was of the actual engagement ring Keats gave to Fanny Brawne. You might enjoy their tweets.
And yes, I couldn't believe "backstop" was a ts and they couldn't come up with those NFL hall of famers - although to be honest, I had to really think on at least one to get it right...ya know, these "mature" brain cells sometimes take their time making connections.
I am enjoying Lyrical Ballads, lot of interesting and thought-provoking pieces so far (though we have not gotten to Rime of the Ancient Mariner just yet). Wordsworthians are new news to me but I'll definitely have to check them out - thank you for informing me!
Still being a student myself, in the last two years or so poetry has become a category I feel much more comfortable with -- for J! watching purposes that's a very good thing. I owe a lot of that to my high school English teacher.
Now that I've had a little more time to think about it.. I suppose if the NFL players in question were Brett Favre, LaDainian Tomlinson or other recent stars of note, the success rate might have been a little higher. For the non-sports fan who studies sports based off current events and not an almanac or something, there isn't much of a chance to come across someone elected 25 years ago. Whereas with Favre and Tomlinson, they both played ten years ago and were elected within the last two years; thus are more likely to come up in current events research. Food for thought I suppose.
Hi there again threearruda. Hope this doesn't get too long here...
Glad to have mentioned Wordsworthians and here is the link to their twitter page if you'd like to check it out and see if it is something you'd like (and ya never know, it might also help you in J! watching):
Glad you're feeling more comfortable about poetry. My late Mom was an elementary teacher and wrote two (not too long) books of poetry. I'm still trying to get my one finished (I have around 50 or so now, but want to have a few more before I do final cut). Guess I'll end up self-publishing it; getting a traditional pub is VERY difficult now. Mom said her father also wrote poetry, but I've never seen any poem he wrote. Oh, what I'd give to see one, though.
And it's nice to see you give kudos to your h. s. English teacher. I LOVE to see fellow educators get some deserved credit!
I also found your remarks on the NFL HOF category quite interesting. If one isn't that into sports and as you say, would be attuned to sports via current events, I think you have a thought there. And don't forget generational. Hey, I remember Roger Staubach playing for Dallas and Tony Dorsett!
And I can't resist this... you mention LaDainian Tomlinson... I really just came to even know who he was during his last few years, mainly from the guys at Sunday Night Football mentioning him. I KNEW he was very good, but not until after he retired did I learn he actually held records (still might... and I always thought Emmitt Smith!). If you've heard of the book Tomlinson Hill, it's about author Chris Tomlinson's family and one of the slave families once owned by his ancestors, which turned out to be LaDainian's family. I saw a PBS show on it, and the AfterWords on C-Span's BookTV with Chris and LaDainian's brother (which was so excellent). Well, I really wanted o read the book and finally got it. But I have been quite disappointed
. After a good beginning (including LaDainian's foreward which I thought was pretty good for a non-pro writer) the book sort of got into Civil War stuff and Texas History in the following years. Not all that interesting. And not as much so far about the families as I would have thought. And it was so far, a pretty depressing read, as a lot of the history Tomlinson puts in here is how racist the Texas system was then - to the hilt (if we think there's racism now, well, back then it was REALLY atrocious! So I think I'm about on Ch. 12 or so and really haven't picked it up again. Maybe someday?
Well, thank you and all for bearing with me here. On to the Tues; discussion.