The God with the Upraised Arm – by Greg Taylor, The Daily Grail

(Extract from an essay by Greg Taylor, originally posted to The Daily Grail in 1999) "In the depictions of mythological scenes on Near Eastern archaeological monuments and artefacts, a number of ‘archetypal images’ are apparent. One of the most intriguing of these is the ‘God with the Upraised-Arm’, which can be found in scenes from … Continue reading The God with the Upraised Arm – by Greg Taylor, The Daily Grail

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Wild Pilgrimage – Lynd Ward

“In the American experience there is probably no more basic or recurrent impulse than to leave society. It is a madness- or a sanity- that can take hold of any citizen when the daily grind becomes suddenly more abrasive than anyone should be asked to endure; when the crush of too many people in too … Continue reading Wild Pilgrimage – Lynd Ward

Behind Their Lines: Gone, gone again – Poet Edward Thomas

British poet Edward Thomas, born 3 March 1878. Edward Thomas is not a forgotten poet of the First World War; he is commemorated in Westminster Abbey’s Poet Corner, and his poems “Rain” and “As the team’s head-brass” are frequently included in collections of war poetry. However, others of Thomas’s poems may be less familiar, and … Continue reading Behind Their Lines: Gone, gone again – Poet Edward Thomas

The Universal Ouroboros

This was one of the first sites I returned to again and again in the early days of the net. I haven't revisited it for years, but came across the link in one of my old blogs, and realised I'd been lucky to find these reference to the Ouroboros in the years before the net … Continue reading The Universal Ouroboros

On the Eerie, Enduring Power of the Rorschach Test | Literary Hub

  Source: On the Eerie, Enduring Power of the Rorschach Test | Literary Hub For many years, the test was hyped as an X-ray of the soul. It’s not, and it wasn’t originally meant to be, but it is a uniquely revealing window on the ways we understand our world. All of these strands—psychology, art, … Continue reading On the Eerie, Enduring Power of the Rorschach Test | Literary Hub

Friday Poem: ‘Courage’ by Amelia Earhart

  A poem by Amelia Earhart.           Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release From the little things: Knows not the livid loneliness of fear, Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear The sound of wings. How can … Continue reading Friday Poem: ‘Courage’ by Amelia Earhart

A Clerk of Oxford: ‘Unwinding the water’s chains’: Spring, Thaw, and Some Anglo-Saxon Poems

Excerpts from 'Unwinding the water's chains': Spring, Thaw, and Some Anglo-Saxon Poems by A Clerk of Oxford blogspot. I've also added a footnote with an observation on the similarities between the Anglo Saxon Metod, and the Ancient Egyptian god Shai             The diagram above is from BL Harley 3667, a … Continue reading A Clerk of Oxford: ‘Unwinding the water’s chains’: Spring, Thaw, and Some Anglo-Saxon Poems