Posted by: Ron DuBour | April 8, 2014


Poesy plus Polemics

University of Bologna, Italy Europe's Oldest University University of Bologna, Italy
Europe’s Oldest University

liberal arts born in stricture
long since met demise
once the trivium
grammar, logic and rhetoric
succored quadrivium
steeped in arithmetic
Euclid’s geometry, music
and Kepler’s astronomy

all have been sacrificed
burned on the pyre of parchments
whose flames lit the pathways
away from scholastic
impressment of excellence
leading to modern
pedagogical yield of
mass rank mediocrity

dead subjects need no lament
modern minds must achieve
their advancement
but modus for critical rigor in
disciplined intellect
this is the death we can least abide
yet it is certified, sworn to
by every diploma

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