Poetry at the Post: Searching for a Heroine

Philosophia Perennis
BY ANNE WALDMAN

I turned: quivering yellow stars in blackness…

"Pleiades large" by NASA, ESA, AURA/Caltech, Palomar Observatory     The science team consists of: D. Soderblom and E. Nelan (STScI), F. Benedict and B. Arthur (U. Texas), and B. Jones (Lick Obs.) - http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2004/20/image/a/. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
“Pleiades large” by NASA, ESA, AURA/Caltech, Palomar Observatory The science team consists of: D. Soderblom and E. Nelan (STScI), F. Benedict and B. Arthur (U. Texas), and B. Jones (Lick Obs.) – http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2004/20/image/a/. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

“Philosophia Perennis” captures the core of “the everywoman,” the one who dreams of being the protagonist, the heroine.

Amidst “The dish, the mop, the stove, the bed, the marriage, “The picture changes & promises the heroine.”

I find this poem powerful—even more so when when I listen to Waldman read it aloud. The “I and I and…” is a mantra that emboldens my spirit.

Catherine Morland of Jane Austin’s Northanger Abbey could probably relate.
By 17, she was an “heroine in training,” yet
“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.”

Come join us as we FINALLY read an epic about a WOMAN, in the Global Reading Group*, a virtual literary salon. We launch October 15th. And with “rambling houses, locked doors, and family secrets”—this is the perfect Gothic tale for those dark and spooky October nights.

Northanger Abbey is deliciously instructive, much like Waldman’s poem, “Philosophia Perennis.”

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