Author Archives: azlewis

About azlewis

I'm an academic living in the poorest neighbourhood in Canada. I also teach at a local seminary.

“The Three Kings” by George Mackay Brown

The following Epiphany carol by one of the great Scots poets George Mackay Brown was apparently set to music by one of the great American folk musicians Pete Seeger. I cannot find the tune or any evidence of it outside … Continue reading

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Christmas Curmudgeon Ruins an Unnecessary Christmas Carol

In my last post I made the argument that we’ve started singing “O Come O Come Emmanuel” wrong. I pointed out an errant dotted half note which affected the meaning of the song. A single note, however, is not a … Continue reading

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Christmas Curmudgeon Upset at how These Young Kids Ruined his Favorite Hymn

I was going to write about my least favorite Christmas carol, but that can wait. I’m going to start with a song that isn’t sung like it used to be sung, which has confused its meaning. Sometime in the last … Continue reading

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The Opposite of Poetry

The opposite of poetry is, presumably, prose. But there is poetic prose and prosaic poetry. So what is the opposite of poetry? I’m not sure, but I’d like to present a possible example. It is the copy on a can … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 scans not as a Hebrew poem // English poetry in my ears is the 23rd Psalm

Some passages unanimously deemed poetry may not be so, in fact. Ps 23 is a case in point…       ––Wilfred G.E. Watson, Classical Hebrew Poetry: A Guide to its Techniques (1984), p. 45.   Leaving aside the strange presumption that … Continue reading

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An Addendum to the Greatest 3rd Place Team in Baseball

The reason I revisited the 1991 Texas Rangers earlier today was because my favorite sports podcast “Hang Up and Listen” had asked its listeners about their favorite non-famous athletes. I wrote in to tell them about Mario Diaz, who was … Continue reading

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(Potentially) the Greatest 3rd Place Team in Baseball

I don’t pay much attention to baseball anymore but at one time it was a major obsession of mine. I wrote history papers in junior high on the origins of baseball, spent hours poring over the Baseball Encyclopedia, often on … Continue reading

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