Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

23
Feb

Imitation of Spenser

Written on February 23, 2008 by DeansTalk in Literature

Felicia Appenteng

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In honor of John Keats’ birthday, I thought that the readers might enjoy reading his very first poem, Imitation of Spenser, which was inspired by his introduction to "The Faerie Queene," by Edmund Spenser

Enjoy!

Imitation of Spenser

John Keats 1814

Now Morning from her orient chamber came,
  And her first footsteps touched a verdant hill;
  Crowning its lawny crest with amber flame,
  Silv’ring the untainted gushes of its rill;
  Which, pure from mossy beds, did down distill,
  And after parting beds of simple flowers,
  By many streams a little lake did fill,
  Which round its marge reflected woven bowers,
And, in its middle space, a sky that never lowers.

  There the king-fisher saw his plumage bright
  Vying with fish of brilliant dye below;
  Whose silken fins, and golden scalès light
  Cast upward, through the waves, a ruby glow:
  There saw the swan his neck of archèd snow,
  And oared himself along with majesty;
  Sparkled his jetty eyes; his feet did show
  Beneath the waves like Afric’s ebony,
And on his back a fay reclined voluptuously.

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15
Feb

King Lear – Common Errors in Family Business

Written on February 15, 2008 by DeansTalk in Literature

www.SantiagoIniguez.com, Dean of IE Business School

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An old father wishing to retire summons his descendants to announce how
his properties will be distributed. His plans consist of transferring
his businesses, achieved after a long and laborious existence, while he
is still alive. The beneficiaries will be his children, who -he is
convinced- will continue his legacy and further expand it. In doing so,
he acts according to his own principles, respecting tradition and
trying to being fair to each but without prior asking his successors
about their wishes and aspirations. To his surprise, he learns that one
of his daughters rejects her assigned inheritance and rather prefers to
look after her ailing father. Shaken by the news, he reacts angrily and
not only strips her of everything but even expels her out of the family
domains.

Does the plot sound familiar? It is, as you have correctly guessed,
the beginning of King Lear, one of the greatest tragedies of
Shakespeare. However, similar episodes happen more than expected at succession times of many other family businesses.

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5
Feb

Trabajos y Días en el siglo XXI

Written on February 5, 2008 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies, Literature

Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui

El pasado martes acababa el post con el granjero que dejó de estudiar Derecho para ocuparse de la tierra familiar y hacerla rentable. La tierra en Calabria es áspera y pedregosa, y no es tarea fácil, pero con no poco esfuerzo lo está consiguiendo. Con esfuerzo, y con la imaginación que le lleva a inventar modos de hacerla productiva. Ha convertido su problema principal, la dimensión reducida de su tierra (unas pocas decenas de hectáreas), en su mayor fuente de ingresos: vende la marca de su producción artesanal. La demanda creciente (en Italia, al menos) de alimentos orgánicos hace que todos sus productos tengan venta segura e inmediata; y el auge del turismo rural y “antropológico” le va a permitir alquilar unas habitaciones en la granja que se llenarán (como otras que ya se llenan) de gente que quiera pasear entre ovejas, bellotas y demás.Pastores_1

Pero, ¿qué tiene que ver esto con las artes liberales? Ahora voy a ello. Pero antes, otro caso de la semana pasada. En un valle solitario, cerca de Rossano, un viejo pastor ofrece a la visita mañanera ricotta recién hecha, caliente, un rito de hospitalidad milenario. Yo no le entiendo nada porque habla en dialecto cerradísimo, pero al hijo, de unos 25 años, sí, y me explica que en la cabaña donde vienen a hacer la ricotta etc. no tiene buena conexión a internet y que tiene que subir a la colina para conectarse, y comprar así unos aparatos que fabrican en Turín y mirar si le han dado la subvención de joven empresario. Porque ha decidido no hacerse empleado de, pongo por caso, Parmalat, sino continuar con el oficio paterno y ser pastor, y vivir de ello, en el siglo XXI. Y me dice: “las modernas tecnologías, a las que acusan de acabar con nuestro estilo de vida, son las que lo van a salvar”.

Todo ello me hizo lucubrar sobre un tema que someto a los sagaces lectores de ST, que según dice google van siendo cada vez más, y que me podrán corregir si me equivoco, que es lo más probable. Como se puede comprobar viendo cómo me asombro ante lo evidente, yo no tengo ni idea de campo. De ciudad como soy, lo veo a través de la tradición bucólica (la palabra griega para “pastoril”), que también merece un respeto porque tiene casi tres mil años: más exactamente, 2700 años de decir, desde fuera, ¡qué bonito es el campo! Como aquel que decía “los atardeceres en el Canal de la Mancha son preciosos desde que los pinta Turner”.

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5
Feb

“The Solitude of Latin America”

Written on February 5, 2008 by Arantza de Areilza in Arts & Cultures & Societies, Literature

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I could not resist to share with you the magnificent lecture that Gabriel García Marquez gave at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in 1982 when he was awarded the Literature Nobel Prize. Enjoy!

"The Solitude of Latin America"

Gabriel García Marquez

Antonio Pigafetta, a Florentine navigator who went with Magellan on the first voyage around the world, wrote, upon his passage through our southern lands of America, a strictly accurate account that nonetheless resembles a venture into fantasy. In it he recorded that he had seen hogs with navels on their haunches, clawless birds whose hens laid eggs on the backs of their mates, and others still, resembling tongueless pelicans, with beaks like spoons. He wrote of having seen a misbegotten creature with the head and ears of a mule, a camel’s body, the legs of a deer and the whinny of a horse. He described how the first native encountered in Patagonia was confronted with a mirror, whereupon that impassioned giant lost his senses to the terror of his own image.

This short and fascinating book, which even then contained the seeds of our present-day novels, is by no means the most staggering account of our reality in that age. The Chronicles of the Indies left us countless others. Eldorado, our so avidly sought and illusory land, appeared on numerous maps for many a long year, shifting its place and form to suit the fantasy of cartographers. In his search for the fountain of eternal youth, the mythical Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca explored the north of Mexico for eight years, in a deluded expedition whose members devoured each other and only five of whom returned, of the six hundred who had undertaken it. One of the many unfathomed mysteries of that age is that of the eleven thousand mules, each loaded with one hundred pounds of gold, that left Cuzco one day to pay the ransom of Atahualpa and never reached their destination. Subsequently, in colonial times, hens were sold in Cartagena de Indias, that had been raised on alluvial land and whose gizzards contained tiny lumps of gold. One founder’s lust for gold beset us until recently. As late as the last century, a German mission appointed to study the construction of an interoceanic railroad across the Isthmus of Panama concluded that the project was feasible on one condition: that the rails not be made of iron, which was scarce in the region, but of gold.

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29
Jan

Bicentennial of The Third Marquis of La Romana

Written on January 29, 2008 by Arantza de Areilza in Arts & Cultures & Societies, Literature

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Arantza de Areilza

Click here to read this post in Spanish

The Instituto de Empresa Foundation and The Madrid Royal Academic Society of the Friends of the Country inaugurate today in the Lujanes Tower of Madrid, a cycle of conferences in the memory of the Third Marquis of La Romana, Pedro Caro y Sureda (1761-1811)

www.bicentenariolaromana.com

Pedro Caro y Sureda was a noble and enlightened Mallorcan, whose adventures and bravery as a General in the Spanish army in the War of Spanish Independence gave him the gratitude of the Spanish monarchy and the trust of Wellington, as mentioned by Elizabeth Longforth in her book titled, “Wellington:  The Years of the Sword.” 

The Third Marquis of Romana stood out for his meticulous education acquired in the Ecole de la Trinité at Lyon, in France, and completed at Salamanca University and The Nobles Royal Seminary where he inclined towards the humanities and languages which would subsequently become of great use in his war accomplishments in Europe.   

He participated in the reconquest of Minorca and in The Battle of Gibraltar, and later went on to lead various diplomatic missions in Europe.  In 1793, the colonel of cavalry Romana fought against France in the War of the First Coalition, and, in 1802, he was named General Captain of Catalonia and Chief of Engineers Corps in 1805.  Two years later, King Carlos IV, pressured by Napoleon, agreed to send troops to support the Napoleonic army in Germany and placed at the front of the “Northern Division” the Marquis of Romana. 

Don Pedro Caro found himself in 1808 in Denmark under the order of the Mariscal Bernadotte, when the War of Spanish Independence broke out against the Napoleonic invasion and of the coronation of José I as the King of Spain.  The Marquis of La Romana and his division refused to swear an oath to the new King.   

The Marquis of  La Romana, did not trust him and with the help of the British, was able to repatriate his division to Spain.  Romana and his men, arrived in Santander where is was  appointed Commander of the Galician Armada at which point he was able to achieve the withdrawal of the French from Galicia and Asturias. 

It is, perhaps, the lucidity and the determination of the Marquis of  La Romana to celeritously repatriate his 9,000 men from Denmark to the Cantabrian Coast and from there to support the offensive against the French, that is one of the most pointed to episodes of Spanish military history.   

Today, the figure of this cultivated man is commemorated, Patron of the Arts, artifice of a splendid library and a magnificent collection of paintings of Francisco de Goya, belonging to the current Marquis of La Romana, Diego del Alcázar y Silvela, who knew how to reconcile a great diplomatic ability with the courage and the loyalty to his country in a tormented period of history, marked by the violence of war.   

The Third Marquis of La Romana is the example of the trajectory of a cultured polyglot, who enjoyed telling anecdotes such as the episode in which Manuel de Godoy offered him a false clock.  He was an enlightened man who knew how to rise to the heights that the historic moment asked of him. 

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