Literature

Poetry of Contemplation

The greatest of English poets wrote two companion poems with Italian titles, L’Allegro and Il Penseroso. The first celebrates the active life, while the second contemplates the pensive life of the reflective person. In the course of that second poem, the poet becomes particularly personal and reflects warmly upon his university years at Cambridge, coming, at that time, to a close:                     let my due feet never fail To walk the studious cloister’s pale, And love the high embowed roof, With antique pillars massy proof, And storied windows richly dight, Casting a dim religious light. This personal touch has…

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