As always you are more than welcome to add relevant quotes via the comments box. This week’s quotes are very loosely about all things monastic.
- “My imagination is a monastery and I am a monk.” The author of this quote was prone to writing odes about urns and autumn days.
- “Living in a monastery, even as a guest rather than a monk, you have more opportunities than you might have elsewhere to see the world as it is, instead of through the shadow that you cast upon it.” The protoganist of this novel is call Odd and it’s writer is an American known for science fiction, horror and fantasy.
- Francis Grose describes this abbey as “undoubtedly light and elegant, it wants that gloomy solemnity so essential to religious ruins.” History and literature remembers the abbey much better from the lines written by a romantic poet better associated with the Lake District. Where is the abbey and who is the poet?
- “Her passion for ancient edifices was next in degree to her passion for Henry Tilney– and castles and abbeys made usually the charm of those reveries which his image did not fill.” Which author penned these words mocking the gothic novel and which fictional abbey is the title of the book where you can find Henry Tilney?
- “Here grandeur triumphs at its topmost pitch In gardens, groves, and all that life beguiles; Here want, too, meets a blessing from the rich, And hospitality for ever smiles: ” The romantic poet who wrote these lines at the beginning of Milton Abbey ended his days in a “mad house.” Who is he?
- Who says “Get thee to a nunnery?”
- “What ? did not regret, he found grave difficulty in remembering to confess.” Which well-known fictional monk located during The Anarchy has difficulty in remembering to confess and who was his prolific creator?
- “They told of dripping stone walls in uninhabited castles and of ivy-clad monastery ruins by moonlight, of locked inner rooms and secret dungeons, dank charnel houses and overgrown graveyards, of footsteps creaking upon staircases and fingers tapping at casements, of howlings and shriekings, groanings and scuttlings and the clanking of chains, of hooded monks and headless horseman” The writer of The Woman In Black.
- “The day has come not only to abolish forever those unnatural laws, but to punish, with all rigour of the law, such as make them; to destroy convents, abbey, priories and monasteries and in this way prevent their ever being uttered.” He nailed his ideas to the cathedral door at Wittenburg.
10. Let me take this other glove off
As the vox humana swells,
And the beauteous fields of Eden
Bask beneath the Abbey bells.
Here, where England’s statesmen lie,
Listen to a lady’s cry.
Gracious Lord, oh bomb the Germans,
Spare their women for Thy Sake,
And if that is not too easy
We will pardon Thy Mistake.
But, gracious Lord, whate’er shall be,
Don’t let anyone bomb me.
What is the title of this poem and who wrote it?
And finally just to keep you thinking – how many novels/series can you identify that feature a monk or nun as its main protagonist?