Assorted Poetry & Sage Reflections

A Fan of Professor Coffin

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Bowdoin College, Poetry, WW2 Love Letter, WWII Letter | 0 comments

“A man should choose with careful eye the things to be remembered by.” ~ Robert P. Tristram Coffin

Strange Holiness
won Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1936

…When Morris went to Bowdoin’s in 1942-43 (he returned and graduated after the war) his english professor was American poet, Robert Peter Tristram Coffin. On the evening of May 5, 1943 Morris writes Arline:

I have been sitting in the living room for more than two hours listening to him talk. He is really a remarkable man but he is a bit hard to follow. He was giving us some insights on the intellectual abilities of the medieval man. Then the conversation, or more appropriately monologue, shifted to religion. He gave us some amazing information on many religious sects such as the Shakers, Mormons…etc. It isn’t often you have the chance to talk firsthand with a Pulitzer Prize winner and Rhodes Scholar.

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Media, Poetry, WW2 | 0 comments

A poem, “Requiem”, was hiding in the old family Bible.
It was written by Reta Laffin on the 50th anniversary of D Day
The poem is a tribute to fallen family members in WW2:
Willis Neil, Wilfred Densmore, and Frank Tomlinson of East Noel, Canada

But first, Longfellow praise for the humble poem:

“Come read to me some poem
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.
Not from the grand old masters.
Not from the bards sublime.
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.
For, like strains of martial music.
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life’s endless toil and endeavor;
And to-night I long for rest.
Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart.
As showers from the clouds of summer
Or tears from the eyelids start.”
Longfellow, 1825

REQUIEM by Reta Laffin
(It’s 2 pages, 2 thumbnails)

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