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August 08, 2014


Your headline twitched at my subconscious. It was my elder daughter, decades ago, who pointed out the effectiveness of repetition in Parry's introit: "I was glad, Glad when they said unto me." It seems beyond analysis and yet it works.

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.