Paschal Forgiveness

For Eastern Orthodox Christians, Pascha is a yearly Jubilee of forgiveness. It is too easy to make the mistake of thinking that forgiveness is a feeling, or perhaps a lack of a feeling. We often think that if we still feel resentful toward someone, we have not forgiven them. And it is true that resentful…

Poetry Challenge 15: Petrarchan Sonnet

Over at the AcadLit General Forum, our Poetry Challenge 15 has officially opened for participation. Challenges remain open forever! Submit a Petrarchan Sonnet for the admiration, enjoyment, and critical exercise of your fellow traditional poets. Membership in the forum is free; you just have to answer a brief question about being more or less in…

Inventive Literature has its Own Rules

I once wrote a poem that was more or less symbolic or allegorical, about flying serpents invading a holy place that represents a woman’s innocence. In the throes of composition, I wrote that the serpents, even after they died, still twitched or loosed a howl. Later on, I came under the impression that I had…

Liberals and the Common Man

Part One This discussion will follow from the conclusions and definitions offered in the preceding discussion. There, I defined conservatism as holding values that are so basic to human nature you don’t need to be especially sophisticated to understand and feel them. I identified liberality as one of those values, but noted that it requires…