Friday, 5 February 2010

Me and My Opinions...

I seem to be playing away a lot at the moment. Many thanks, once again, to Norm Geras who has asked me to appear in the Friday Normblog Profile. If you're interested in my views on such diverse topics as philosophies to be disseminated (or not) and who I'd ideally invite to dinner, you can find out here.


Faye L. Booth said...

That was really interesting; it makes a change to see an online questionnaire with some unusual questions!

Frances Garrood said...

I really empathised with many of your answers, Alis. As for Pride and Prejudice, I think it would be my choice, too, because from every angle (characters, writing, plot, tension, happy ending etc), it really is the perfect novel.

Now back to the WIP (sigh)...

Frances Garrood said...

Alis - as you chose the Owen poem, I wonder whether you know this, which is one of my favourites?

I Did Not Lose My Heart In Summer's Even by A.E. Housman

I did not lose my heart in summer's even,
When roses to the moonrise burst apart:
When plumes were under heel and lead was flying,
In blood and smoke and flame I lost my heart.

I lost it to a soldier and a foeman,
A chap that did not kill me, but he tried;
That took the sabre straight and took it striking,
And laughed and kissed his hand to me and died.

Alis said...

Hi Faye - Yes, the questions were definitely out of the ordinary which was one of the things which appealed to me about doing this piece.

Alis said...

Hi Frances - P and P is one of those rare books that I have read and enjoyed at several different ages and for different reasons. And, interestingly, it's one of the few books whose tv adaptation i have liked (the famous Andrew Davies adaptation with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle).

Thanks for the Houseman poem which I didn't know - it's wonderful, isn't it? I must confess to reading very little poetry these days but I must get back to it - this is the second reference to A E Houseman this week that has made me want to go and buy an anthology of his work.