Ye Brontee Blogge
While looking through some recent blog posts on the Brontes I came across this one about which famous authors would keep blogs if they were alive today. The blogger thought the Brontes wouldn’t be keen on the idea:
11. Jane Austen – I’m going to get shit for this, and let it be known that I absolutely love her books, and can’t think of a writer I admire more, but I just don’t think I’d read her blog. Am I wrong? Maybe.
12. The Bronte Sisters – Same deal as with Austen. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
It seems to me that Anne and Emily (especially Emily) would not keep personal blogs, although Anne might be tempted to comment on current affairs and sway public opinion on matters that concerned her. Charlotte, on the other hand would dive right in. She loved debate, and was a tremendous snark (ie, a wit especially a playful or sarcastic one). Her letters are awesome. I think I enjoy reading them more than reading some of her novels, like The Professor…
This seems the perfect opportunity to mention one of my favourite blogs: Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog. I first heard about it through a friend of mine who is a Ph.D student studying Shakespeare. It is written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Yes, the Medieval English poet known for his lewd tales and frustrating habit of writing in Medieval English (well, it was all they had back then you know- besides Latin). Yt Ich kanne saye Ich dide ivir love ye poetrie of maister Chavcer. Especially to rede off ye parlement of birddes. May it pleaseth you to rede of maister Chaver’s web blogge, here ben somme exempli:
Oone outtake from ye ‘Canterbury Tales’:
An INDIAN CHIEF, a COWBOYE and a COPPE
A WERKERE and a LEATHER MANNE (a toppe)
Did marche togedir in fraternitee
Al thogh thei were of varyinge lyveree.
Thei knewe sum auncient magicke remedye
For “Y M C A” dide they ful loude crye,
And lifte ther armes lyk vnto menne gone woode.
And eek yt semede their mappe was nat too goode:
Thogh Canterburye-warde we headede Est
In unison thei seyde to us ‘Go Weste.’
Thees ben myn moste beloved postes from Chavcer’s blogge: Hot Courtlie Accioun! (Chaucer gets spam. By the way, BSL mean ‘by Saint Loy!’), and The Cipher of Leonardo (Chaucer’s version of the Da Vinci Code).