Friday, 25 January 2008

'Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer' - Rembrandt



  1. Is this the same Aristobabble guy you were talking about the other day? Crikey. What a boring looking guy.

    And the bust of Homer looks nothing like Homer. Homer has only three hairs, no beard, and his head is much more yellow.

    This is what happens when you post high-falutin' crap like that on the interweb, PC. People will mock you and ridicule you.

  2. Your name is wisely chosen IP.

  3. If this is humour, IP, may I recommend some lessons?

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  5. I am sure Insolent thinks we have been talking about Aristotle Onassis...(!)

  6. Here's a "New World" response to Homer, well sort of!

    Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.

    John Keats. 1795–1821

    634. On first looking into Chapman's Homer

    MUCH have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
    And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
    Round many western islands have I been
    Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
    Oft of one wide expanse had I been told 5
    That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne:
    Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
    Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
    Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
    When a new planet swims into his ken; 10
    Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
    He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
    Look'd at each other with a wild surmise—
    Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

    I've been to a spot near there, and the guy I was with started quoting this poem as we "stared at the Pacific". I chimed in as best I could.


    Thanks for lifting the IQ/cultural level of the Internet (and this includes the Beer posts . . . but then my PhD dissertation was about Beer and Shakespeare!).

    If I ever make it to The Antipodes, we definitely need to hoist a pint or however many.

    BTW, that's The Pacific behind me at Pescadero State Beach in Northern California back when I was deeply thinking about Shakespeare, the Dutch and Kentish hops.


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