Dylan Thomas: A Poet’s Guide (2014); Explanatory Guest Post: Chris Calderon

Hat tip to Chris Calderon for this find! Anything and everything to understand the likely source of the Running Gave’s epigraphs is more than welcome here as we prepare for Strike7. After the jump, I include Mr Calderon’s notes about Thomas and the Romantic poets — and why Serious Strikers should be excited about this poet being the theme-writer for the seventh book. [Read more…]

S. T. Coleridge Poem Not For Export

A friend who reads The Guardian as does The Presence has sent me the story that a recently discovered poem that Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote as a college student, in Greek, and as something of an abolitionist well before that was an accepted political or moral position to champion has been protected from export by the UK Ministry of Culture. See Export ban on Coleridge anti-slavery manuscript as British buyer sought’ for the whole fascinating story.

It seems the country holding the Elgin Marbles hostage in a museum for the better part of two centuries has the right to forbid the sale to foreigners of what it considers national treasures. Hypocrisy aside with respect to imperial pillaging still in captivity (but there are encouraging signs about the Parthenon Scupltures…), I get it, even to the point of confessing admiration for the protective action.

Why should Rowling fans care about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, besides Rowling having used a distant female descendant and poet for the lead epigraphs of Ink Black Heart? That’s a long story, but I have argued since Deathly Hallows Lectures was published in 2008 that STC is the most important author besides Dante that Rowling-Galbraith has never mentioned in an interview or via cryptonym. See here, here, here, and here from the HogPro archives for more on that link.

Or just enjoy The Guardian’s Estecean articles! I was delighted by the one on the poet-theologian-philosopher’s mortal remains and their current lodging in a wine cellar as well as by the speculation about Victorian Women poets enjoying a relaxing bit of opium (laudanum) to foster their reception to the Muse. None of those poets claimed to have used the drug in the hopes of being inspired to write a poem like Kubla Khan.

Strike Fandom Film Montage: ‘Still Life’

I’m not a big fan of the teevee adaptation of the Cormoran Strike novels, but lovely films like this ‘Still Life’ by “iriis” help me understand why I am an extreme outlier among Serious Strikers in this regard. Not only does it highlight the wonderful actors playing Robin and Cormoran, but the skillful editing and background music make for a captivating montage, from the couple’s first meeting to a shot of the post American Bar office scene in the dark.

In the comment boxes below, please let me know your favorite YouTube video artists in the Strike fandom and what you think is their best work. And has anyone attempted to film scenes from the books on their own, productions apart from the Bronte Studio versions, akin to what Harry Potter fandom has done through the years?

The First Meeting: Robin, Charlotte, Strike

Big thanks to StrikeFans for posting this!

Three quick notes: [Read more…]

Running Grave: Finale, Albedo, or What?

In my flash poll of HogwartsProfessor readers of the post they are most interested in reading, the consensus pick has been the Elephant in the Room of Running Grave speculation, namely, “Will it be the series finale, the seventh of ten or more books, or both somehow?” We’ll know the answer soon enough, it seems, so this guesswork is only an amusing distraction as we wait on Strike7, but it does provide an opportunity to reflect on what we know about the author’s artistry and meaning. As that is the heart and soul of what we do here, let’s have a look at the three possibilities for Running Grave’s place in the Cormoran Strike mysteries. After the jump! [Read more…]