Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Textual Criticism

Today a young man said I was a nerd,
To be honest this took me by surprise,
I thought I was too old, but when I heard
His remark it struck me as kind of wise.

Nothing makes me happier than sitting
Among stacks of almost forgotten books,
Discovering why a phrase is fitting
Or how an author misquoted and took

A word, phrase, or sentence out of context,
Hoping that no one would ever notice,
Or take the time to track down the source text,
Revealing the reasoning as bogus.

Thoughts are like trails with many twists and turns,
Around that curve is something more to learn.

2 comments:

Connie@raise your eyes said...

Jim,

Love this sonnet, especially "Nothing makes me happier than sitting
Among stacks of almost forgotten books,"

And perfect timing as I was here to contact you regarding a "Poetry" page I added to my blog. I'm giving explanation for some forms which I like to use.

I quoted your excellent information regarding the Etheree form. I linked back to your post:http://shapingwords.blogspot.com/2010/03/etheree-armstrong-taylor-day.html

If this is not o.k., or if I should do more to credit, please let me know!

I certainly don't want to be the "author misquoted and took
A word, phrase, or sentence out of context,"

All for GOD,
Connie Mace

Jim714 said...

Thanks, Connie, for your kind comments. Please feel free to link; I'm glad to be of assistance.

Best wishes,

Jim