January 18, 2012

If only . . .

Posted in Bargains, Books, England, Favorite Quotes, Poetry tagged , , , at 10:53 am by catsinboxes

I’m in the midst of reading Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber.  I bought it for a bargain as a Kindle ebook.  (Right now it’s only $3.44!)  I don’t how long it will stay that price, but I thought I would mention it.  As an Anglophile, I love the picture of life at Oxford that Carolyn gives.  As a literary buff, I love the many quotes and literary allusions that she weaves into her memoir.

This isn’t going to be a book review (though one will surely come!), but I want to share one poem that I particularly enjoyed.

“If only the good were clever,

If only the clever were good,

The world would be better than ever

We thought that it possibly could.

But, alas, it is seldom or never

That either behave as they should:

For the good are so harsh to the clever,

The clever so rude to the good.”

~Elizabeth Wordsworth