‘I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me when I was sane, and not mad–as I am now. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for moments as this when my body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigor; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth–so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane–quite insane, with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot.’
-Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Of all the poets I’ve read recently, William Blake, Robert Browning, and T.S. Eliot are my favorites.
I had read some Browning in previous years, namely “My Last Duchess.” That particular poem I hadn’t much care for, but after recently reading “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” I decided to revise my opinion on the poet. Continue reading “Poem Post: The Pied Piper of Hamelin”
I was inspired by the mini review posts Remnants of Wit recently did on the books she read in literature class, so I thought I’d do a quick overview of the books I read this past year.
This past school year I’ve read a lot of books written by British authors from various historic and literary eras. I definitely didn’t enjoy all of them–some I outright detested–but I was, and still am, fascinated by how our idea of “good writing” has changed so much over time.
I read from the Anglo-Saxon era to the Modernist period so I’ll go in chronological order. Continue reading “Books I Read In British Lit – Part I”
My poetry is always inspired by the most random subjects, and my latest attempt at poetry was inspired by my chemistry class. This past year I’ve been taking chemistry, which is arguable my favorite scientific discipline, and I especially enjoyed learning about gases, pressure, and intermolecular forces. Continue reading “Surface Tension – An Original Poem”
Wrapping up my third year of formally studying Spanish, I wanted to share my thoughts on the various courses of study I’ve tried throughout the years and what curriculum was the best. I have used Spanish for Children, LIFEPAC Spanish, which I’ve previously reviewed, and most recently Breaking the Barrier Spanish, which is undoubtedly the best language course I’ve taken. Continue reading “Breaking the Barrier Spanish – Review”
Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits,
Take care of your garden, And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine, Kind words and kind deeds.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I know it might seem odd for me to be reading a book about raising boys when I don’t have any children, but bear with me here.
After I began homeschooling, I became interested in learning about different education philosophies. This started me down a path of learning more about children and raising children in general.
To my understanding children are the foundation of society. Every parent, grandparent, aunt, and uncle wants to create a better future for their successors. Since children are the foundation of society, raising them is all about family dynamic and societal beliefs. So really when I read about different education theories or child rearing philosophies, I’m educating myself about society as a whole. Continue reading “Knights In Training”
In Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott takes one of my favorite time periods of English history, the twelfth century, and writes an action packed story around a cast of both real and fictional characters. It is by far one of the most entertaining and pleasantly surprising books I’ve had to read for literature class, and I just wanted to share one of my favorite passages from the story which for me really sums up vibe permeating throughout the novel. Continue reading “Ivanhoe: Dinner and Death”
It’s official. Mismatched Socks now has a whole separate category for reviews of books based on Beauty and the Beast. In addition, I formally announce my quest to find the best retelling. I’ve already said how much I love Beauty and the Beast, and I figured it’s only fair that I give it the attention it deserves. Also, an avid Beauty and the Beast fan I have a duty to warn other Beauty and the Beast fans against all the TERRIBLE retellings out there, and bring good ones to their attention. Therefore, I formally announce my quest for the best Beauty and the Beast retelling. May the best retelling win. (And may the odds be ever in your favor.)
Another retelling review! (I should just give these a separate category.)
As Old as Time retells the story of Beauty and the Beast, except this time it’s Beauty’s mother who cursed the Beast. The story features a kingdom full of magical creatures, a conceited and insipid Gaston, and an insane asylum. Add the classic castle full of talking furniture, a cute tea service, and a wonderful love story, and this book should be a smashing success.
Unfortunately, it’s not. Continue reading “As Old as Time: Beauty and the Beast Retelling”