2008-08-07

Robur the Conqueror

Just completed. Reading went quickly. It reads like a travel guide--which, I think was intentional. However, the places / scenes don't hold allure - although, they probably did in Verne's time. Positives: The Albatross! I think for the time -- the concept was pretty revolutionary (no pun intended). The Weldon institute characters. Bring Robur down: even if it means their own deaths. Deficiencies: If I compare this with Michael S. or 5 Weeks in a Balloon--I'd have to say the action here is lacking. Likewise, I found his treatment of Frycollin rather upsetting. I would be interested in knowing if he wrote this before or after Mysterious Island.

Shakespeare Sonnets

Sonnet #52 Posted: LII. So am I as the rich, whose blessed key Can bring him to his sweet up-locked treasure, The which he will not every hour survey, For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure. Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare, Since, seldom coming, in the long year set, Like stones of worth they thinly placed are, Or captain jewels in the carcanet. So is the time that keeps you as my chest, Or as the wardrobe which the robe doth hide, To make some special instant special blest, By new unfolding his imprison'd pride. Blessed are you, whose worthiness gives scope, Being had, to triumph, being lack'd, to hope. This is a sweet poem. I subscribe to a sonnet a day -- but, this is the first one in some time that stood out against the rest.

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