All posts tagged poetry

I really never thought I would hear an Emily Dickinson reference on the Food Network, but thanks to Alton Brown on the most recent release of Iron Chef America this evening, I have now heard it with my own ears.  Mr. Brown begins the show by reading Dickinson’s lines that say “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers — / That perches in the soul . . .” and then he embellishes the fact that such serene things are competitively “crushed” by the powerful and awesome Iron Chefs in their Kitchen Stadium.  Actually having some experience reading this poem made the laugh even bigger for me as I listened to Mr. Brown’s version.  Literature is not extinct!

One of my favorite things about the holidays is listening to all the many forms of music people create based on this time of year. As I was reflecting on some of the songs I’ve downloaded on my various technological devices, I noticed many carols that mention “bells” of some kind.  I know there are literary references of various sort that include bells, so now I’m kind of curious if I might like these songs because of some strange subconscious connections I’ve been making to the literary world. Nah, I probably just like the way the music sounds; or better yet, I like the words (I guess that’s literary too, though).  Truthfully, my favorite carol of all time — one that I have purchased in its many musical forms —  is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” which is based on the poem “Christmas Bells” written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  In fact, I caught myself singing along when I heard the tune play today; I was reminded that the song makes a good literary connection for this website, because of the link to Longfellow, one of America’s great poets. In addition, the words of the poem inspire me and make me think. If you don’t know the words, or the story behind them, take a quick look on the internet, I’m sure you will find something there.  Perhaps you will be inspired too. What other holiday songs do you find inspirational?  Do any of them have anything to do with bells?