Archive | May 3, 2011

Ronsard Rocks

Memory lane: I memorised this poem for French class in summer school, 1980. The following year I rediscovered the poem when studying Renaissance French poetry during senior year of high school, and also heard the haunting musical version for the first time from the local college chorale.

I don’t know why the last one says “anonymous.” The poem is “Ode à Cassandre” by Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585), and the musical version, usually known by the opening line “Allons voir si la rose,” was composed by Guillaume Costeley (1530-1606).

(Note: the singers aren’t incompetent speakers of French; they’re trying to capture the Renaissance pronunciation.)

The Sound of Silence

This is a fanmade Doctor Who trailer for series 6. It nicely connects last season’s central puzzle with this season’s.

It also reminds us that the lyrics from the Christmas Special’s song are creepier than we realised at the time.

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