On Chapman's Homer
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On TV, in the eighth, looking on to Chapman's homer.
On the cover:
A hyper-realistic painting of Homer by Joongwon Jeong. Homer is best known as the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He was believed by the ancient Greeks to have been the first and greatest of the epic poets. Author of the first known literature of Europe, he is central to the Western canon. ©2017 Joongwon Jeong
No Casey or Muddville Here, Phew...
--Al Mosed Beats
"On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" is a sonnet written by the English Romantic poet John Keats (1795–1821) in October 1816. It tells of the author's astonishment while reading the works of the ancient Greek poet Homer as freely translated by the Elizabethan playwright George Chapman.
The poem has become an often-quoted classic, cited to demonstrate the emotional power of a great work of art, and the ability of great art to create an epiphany in its beholder.”
Yes, you read that right---Wikipedia, there, in black and white, affirming that in October, 200 years ago, old Mr. Keats, at least in this modern translation, predicted the near defeat of the Chicago Cubs, thereby nearly extending the relatively ancient curse which had hexed that ignoble pack of the species Arcturus as but forever orphaned bear Cubs, still barely worthy of any other notice than is provided by ridicule.
But, alack and alas, ‘twas not to be, and ‘Cleveland Beats’, like old John Keats, did perish in the driving home by Mr. Z, MVP, and that headline ‘wasn’t Chapman’s deadly homer beats’, like Keats, an unfinished task, was buried six feet and asunder in that land of ancient curses home, in an empty cask, in Rome (spell that ‘roam’, as in gone).
Seriously, as one who almost inhered to a number of apartment buildings a baseball’s throw from Wrigley Field (long story), this scrivener is especially aware of loss, oh yeah; but, for all those whose refrain has been for far too long ‘you can’t win ‘em all’, let it be known far and wide that, unlike that other American poem about Casey and Muddville, joy for America’s Second City (from this native New Yorker) is nonetheless in this heart---if not this wallet.
J b Pravda, Philosophic Opinion: Born Brooklyn, NY, US Government Attorney during Watergate, when he 'Felt' uneasy about governments, and laws; later, public company CEO, lobbyist, now, multimedia artist, published produced playwright (paid royalties), columnist for leading magazines; his paintings have been published & exhibited as well as included in a national touring exhibition as well as several multimedia exhibitions in NY and other venues. Published diversity author via major university, winning Finalist in Stymie... (more...)