Love Stinks

  When you study the Western conception of Love throughout the ages, you quickly realize that the loving feeling is usually depicted as painful. Consider Cupid: he causes people to fall in love by piercing them with arrows. The Greeks used this explanation to account for the "piercing" feeling one feels when falling in love: … Continue reading Love Stinks


English Hero, World Myth

I. Hwaet! Beowulfes The story of the Beowulf poem begins, probably, during the reign of Canute the Great (1016-1035), when an unidentified early English poet composed an epic poem about a Scandinavian hero who saves Denmark and its environs from a monster that has been terrorizing the country. This story would have held a special … Continue reading English Hero, World Myth