The man, the myth, the legend. Joseph Campbell is an exuberate supporter of embracing one’s original self and life path. At the end of the semester, a wave of fatigue (and sometimes sickness) hits students. This fatigue can sometimes leave us asking, what’s the point in all this stress. Well, the point is the privilege… Continue reading Motivation Monday: Joseph Campbell
Welcome the first day of October with a poem from Robert Frost: October by Robert Frost O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all. The crows above the forest call; Tomorrow they may form and go. O hushed October morning mild,… Continue reading Motivation Monday: “October” by Robert Frost
Give this poem by John Keats a read to celebrate the start of autumn. Keats was an English Romantic poet, meaning he held a great amount of reverence for the natural world. If you would like to read the poem with a poetry guide, read it on the Poetry Foundation’s website. To Autumn by John Keats… Continue reading Motivation Monday: John Keats, “To Autumn”
Happy Monday! I hope you’re having a great start to the week. Draw some inspiration for your week from J. R. R. Tolkien, the father of Middle Earth and the Lord of the Rings series. “Little by little, one travels far.” Don’t stress about your next 20 steps — just focus on the next one.
Toni Morrison is an American writer. In addition to writing novels that have earned both critical and public acclaim, she has won both the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize. “Freeing yourself was one thing. Claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
Joseph Campbell developed the now famous theory of the “hero’s journey.” He studied the ways in which mythologies hold great social and cultural power, guiding and teaching the people who know them. He was a proponent of the personal journey, the journey every single individual must make in his or her life. His advice to… Continue reading Motivation Monday: Joseph Campbell
Claude McKay was a Jamaican writer. He was a part of the Harlem Renaissance, a movement within the Modernist period in America (generally, the period between the two world wars). McKay was open in his work about his disdain for intolerance and was an active proponent of African American rights. After the Winter Some day,… Continue reading Motivation Monday: “After the Winter” by Claude McKay
Emily Dickinson was a Romantic poet from mid-nineteenth century New England. While her work can sometimes seem dark and abstract, there is often an underlying hope for humanity. Once readers learn to find Dickinson’s humor, her work becomes a joy to read. Emily Dickinson, “Nature – sometimes sears a Sapling” Nature—sometimes sears a Sapling— Sometimes—scalps… Continue reading Motivation Monday: Emily Dickinson