Poems, Prose and Prayers

Intro by Charlie Daschbach

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"We knew that Father Earl's time at sea was important to him. He did not talk about it as far as I know; but two poems we had to memorize were telling: 'Sea Fever' and 

'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'." 

- Charlie Daschbach, AHS 63-66 


"Sea Fever"

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"John Masefield’s poem “Sea Fever” is a work of art that brings beauty to  the English language through its use of rhythm, imagery and many  complex figures of speech. 

“Sea Fever” also sets a mood of freedom  through imagery of traveling gypsies." Analysis by:

"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

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"Fr. La Riviere challenged us to memorize all of this great, but quite long poem... that is, until enough parents complained about it!" 

- C. Daschbach

"Richard Cory"

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"This short poem, by Edwin Arlington Robinson, jolted me, when read in Fr. Earl's class. It's the poetic equivalent of a 

movie with a shock ending." 

- Nicholas Herlick, AHS 62-66

"The Universal Prayer"

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Attributed to Pope Clement XI, this was said to be Fr. La Riviere's favorite prayer, per John Keating in his 1997 article "Chaplain and Friend". This would be a good one to read in the new Meditation Grotto planned for the Aquinas HS campus.

 Image credit: catholic.org

"If"

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Rudyard Kipling's call to arms regarding courage and character was one of Fr. Earl's favorites - a poem that made a lasting impression on AHS students.

"Don't Quit"

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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 - 1892) was one of the  "Fireside Poets," called such because their work was popular enough to  be read (ostensibly by the fire) in homes all over America. And Whittier  was one of those rare poets who actually made a rather comfortable  living from the proceeds of his work.