wondering what to blog about (i have some ideas in mind but they don't really engage my enthusiasm)
i sat down to start writing, thinking i might say something about inspiration
as its something i seem to be lacking.
i think i hoped that thinking about inspiration might inspire me...
...nope, nothing here though.
I was reading something yesterday about John Milton who named a specific muse, Urania, as the heavenly source or inspiration of Paradise Lost. Urania, like a brooding dove with mighty wings.
Blake also claimed divine inspiration for his creativity and imagination - especially the angels who visited him.
I wonder if their poetry came easily to them, or if they had to work hard at it.
Is it less inspired if it takes a lot of effort?
"inspiration" suggests a sort of "gifting" - ideas, words, connections, images - simply there, available and waiting to be captured, written, expressed.
Which seems not too demanding a process - sounds appealing, a bit like unwrapping a gift.
Poor LG is finding school extremely uninspirational at the moment. Even in the subjects she most loves it doesn't seem that she is being encouraged to explore or express herself. Her Engish class began well this year with some classes on Shakespeare (Much Ado) which she thoroughly enjoyed. But now they are "doing" Jane Eyre.
Reading around the class.
I couldn't quite believe that english literature is still being "taught" like this. I was thoroughly put off reading Dickens at school by lessons where we took it in turns to read aloud from Great Expectations. I've not read him since, though he's on my "to read" list...
It seems to me that young people who enjoy reading will gain little from this tedious process, and those who don't aren't likely to have their minds changed.
I wonder who the muse of educational inspiration is? I think she's needed in England.
If something is "inspired" i think that is (partly) a way of saying something about its effect and impact, whatever its source.
I thought this was fairly inspired. (just click where it says PLAY)
Also this, which i saw last night.
and here is some Muse, one of LG's favourite groups, and i like them a lot too.
And these are inspired - vintage chocolate buttons.
Really good quality chocolate, in the shape of vintage buttons.
An inspired product and an inspired gift from my sister and nieces.
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