Welcome to the first instalment of the Muse Christmas advent calendar! The countdown has already begun… yikes! And while you are all busy finishing *that* piece of coursework or some speedy online shopping, we thought that we would present to you a little piece of inspiration to read every day of the Christmas period! So before you make the next card transaction, or hurriedly write that coursework conclusion take a peek at Day 1!
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” – John Keating (Dead Poet’s Society)