Vancouver Lights

Last modified on April 17th, 2007

Most people who know me nowadays would probably be a bit surprised to learn that I used to be a big literature buff, particularly with old english poetry. I guess it all started back around grade 10. I had done pretty well in school, and had been recommended to take advanced placement calculus and physics. Because of that, and of my high marks in english I guess, I was put on a list that recommended I be enrolled in a new AP Literature class at our school. So for kicks, I said “why not”?

And to be honest, looking back, it’s probably the class I enjoyed the most. I studied some of the greats such as Chaucer, Donne, Milton, Shakespeare, and one of my favourites, Alfred Lord Tennyson. I still surprise myself that I know many of the poems I read from that era completely by heart, and will gladly quote a few verses while under the influence.

So tonight, while showing Jari and Seppo around downtown Vancouver, I was completely surprised when out of nowhere, some words to a poem I had only read once or twice in my life somehow popped into my memory. It’s a simple but powerful Canadian poem entitled “Vancouver Lights.”

For your reading pleasure, you can find the entire online version here.

4 responses to “Vancouver Lights”

  1. Rebecca says:

    I was an AP nerd too 😛

  2. Duane says:

    Did you wear your RSS hat to class?

  3. Jill says:

    I like Ulysses’ story, another great Tennyson poem.

    Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

  4. Duane says:

    Yeah that was a good one.. One of the first poems I read by him.

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