|05-29-2021, 07:37 AM||#31 (permalink)|
...here to hear...
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: He lives on Love Street
I can recommend Joseph Piercy’s book, The Story of English. At 180-odd pages, he has kept his historical overview short enough to stay interesting throughout, and either he or his publishers have given it the enticing subtitle: “How an Obscure Dialect Became the World’s Most-Spoken Language.” From Celts to Romans to a section titled "The Great Vowel Shift" it looks at how English developed and spread, ending up with the language seen on MB: lol, gr8 and milf.
Among the must-mention literature (Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, etc.) John Milton turns up. As I'm sure we all know , he wrote in Early Modern English, in the 1650s:
My opinion: Heavy metal is too noisy and insistent for my liking, so I was pleasantly surprised by the first part of "A Bruise Apon The Silent Moon" - that is until I realized that it was building into a piece of OTT musical drama which I also didn’t like. On the next track we have the barrage of guitars that I expected from this genre, together with the routinely “evil” voice that goes with. Nothing here that encourages me to continue listening, so no analysis of how their lyrics relate to the original poem, I'm afraid.
In fairness to the band I should mention that this is rated (allmusic.com) as one of their weaker albums – although actually, they seem to have quite a few weaker albums. Sorry guys!
"Am I enjoying this moment? I know of it and perhaps that is enough." - Sybille Bedford, 1953