Here’s my tribute to the poet, Francis Thompson, with a little Belloc and Chesterton thrown in for good measure:
This is part two of my podcast series on my new book, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know:
Three threads are interwoven into the tapestry of history, forming the perennial pattern of civilization:
I drove across the border into North Carolina to have lunch with the hugely gifted Anthony Esolen, who had flown to Charlotte to record three series of lectures for Catholic Courses (www.catholiccourses.com). As Executive Director of Catholic Courses, I am hugely honoured that we have managed to attract some of the finest Catholic academics to teach our courses. Certainly, having Anthony Esolen teaching three courses on Dante's Divine Comedy is a hugely impressive feather in our cap. For those who don't know, Esolen is the translator of the widely-respected Random House edition of Dante's classic.
A few weeks ago, whilst eating breakfast at our home in South Carolina, I was startled by the sight of a bird that I’d never seen before. Like me, it was enjoying its breakfast, eating the sunflower seeds from the bird-feeder on our deck. I stared transfixed at the novelty of its beauty, a configuration of colours on which my virgin eyes had never before feasted. It was large, about the size of a cardinal, and wore a resplendent red bib on its white breast. Its head was black and its wings, also black, were streaked with white.
I’m betwixt and between travels. Having spoken at the Summer Consortium at Christendom College in Virginia last weekend, I fly to France tomorrow to teach an intensive course at Chavagnes International College, returning home on the 27th.
Welcome and enjoy the 38th installment of my lectures on Tolkien and Lewis!