Ulysses by Tennyson

Good morning everyone, today I’m gonna share another of my favorite poems with you. It’s Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809 and his writing is considered to he at the very heart of the Victorian Age. He was the forth of twelve children. He would become the Poet Laurette of England and Ireland for most of Queen Victoria’s reign. Even after his death in 1892 he remains one of Britain’s most famous poets.

Ulysses concerns the old age of Homer’s Odysseus or Ulysses as the Roman’s would call him. In Homer’s original works Ulysses was the brilliant mind who concocted the Trojan horse. After the Trojan War Ulysses and his men would be forced to sail the seas for a number of years as a result of angering the gods. However many years after Troy they would find their way home. This sequel of sorts deal with the heroes in old age longing for the sea and adventure one last time. Hope you enjoy and keep checking in with Mid-American Culture for fresh content daily.

Ulysses

BY LORD Alfred TENNYSON

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.
I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d
Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when
Thro’ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honour’d of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!
As tho’ to breathe were life! Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
This is my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle,—
Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil
This labour, by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and thro’ soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone. He works his work, I mine.
There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark, broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toil’d, and wrought, and thought with me—
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Currently Reading and Enjoying….Damage!

So DC Comcs launched a new set of comics following their last big crossover event called Dark Metal. Well it was Batman driven and I’m not a big fan of the Dark Knight, but a new initiative introducing new characters and their various series spun out of it. My favorite of these is Damage.

The story and gimmick of Damage is a super soldier turned monster. I know it’s borrowed heavy from Captain America and the Incredible Hulk. The series throws a gimmick that Ethan Avery, the soldier that became Damage, can only become him for one hour every 24 hours. As the action unfolds through the comic we get a counter in panel.

Avery and Damage are portrayed as two separate consciousnesses that can communicate with each other. The dynamic has unfolded since issue one and develops more each issue. The action in the series really sets it apart from everything else. The action and pacing is fantastic and a big drawl. In just 7 issues Damage has taken down the Suicide Squad, fought Wonder Woman and had a huge fight in New Orleans with Poison Ivy and Swamp Thing.

The hero initiative began by DC Comics back in the early Spring of this year hasn’t fared particularly well sales numbers wise. The Immortal Men has already been marked for cancellation. I don’t feel DC has particularly advertised the line very well and has lacked overall support. Damage sold 17,000 plus copies in June, not setting the world on fire but the ax hasn’t swung yet. Hopefully positive word of mouth will get more people to give the series a try, I really like it. It’s the only series I’m up to date on at this point.

Well have a great weekend and stick with Mid American Culture for fresh content daily.

Like a Fenix

I really feel like this year’s E 3 convention was one of the best in recent memory. We got some long awaited news on Halo 6 and the next Tomb Raider. Fallout 76 and the Division 2 were also highlights. Another great looking game was Gears of War 5. I played the original back in 2006, I almost beat it but didn’t quite get there. I also never got around to playing the sequels. Halo 3 came out and I went to finish my bachelor’s degree and never came back for the continuing adventures of Delta Squad.

Well after seeing that trailer for Gears 5 I’ve bought the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. I got it super cheap with X-box Live Gold and it’s an absolute blast. What a terrific game this was and is. The Unreal Engine still holds up incredibly well.

I was surprised at how fast you get drawn into this game, even having played it before. The art design of the creepy post Grub world and the fantastic voice cast including Joe DiMaggio of Futurama and Adventure Time fame as main protagonist, Marcus Fenix.

I’m really enjoying this remaster and looking forward to the rest of the series. If you haven’t played Gears in a while or never at all I highly recommend picking up the Ultimate Edition of the first game and all the games are backwards compatible on the X-box One. Happy weekend and happy gaming and please keep checking out Mid-American Culture, your views and likes really power us through for fresh content daily.

10 Outstanding Facts About Ted Williams

Good morning all, I watched this week’s PBS American Masters: Ted Williams and it was terrific. He was always one of my favorite ballplayers, but the documentary kicked my love into a new level. Here’s 10 facts about Ted Williams, and I highly recommend that epsiode.

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Currently Reading; Assassination Vacation.

Hey everyone, I’m about to finish Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. I love this book and have hardly been able to put it down. Sarah is a historian and voice actor, probably mostly known for voicing Viloet in The Incredibles film series.

The book is very well written, hilarious, and packed with amazing, well researched history. The book covers Sarah’s trips to all the points of interest in three assassinations of U.S. Presidents. Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley each gets about a third of the book. Surprisingly Robert Todd Lincoln, Abe’s son is present at all three murders. Vowell jokes the Robert Todd had a second job as an angel of death.

The book showed up as a recommendation because I read lots of David Sedaris books who is an American Humorist and I get lots of history books from Amazon. Vowell does have a similar feel to Sedaris. They both can take you down a path of funny and awkward, but kind of hit you with a poignant end.

Lincoln’s death is well covered in American History from film to middle school, but Vowell still produces great facts with a terrific narrative. The stories about John Wilks Booth’s brother were particular amazing.

Edwin Booth was the greatest Shakespearean actor in the United States in the 19th century. He was well loved, had a statue placed in New York, and actually saved Robert Todd Lincoln from being hit by a train a year before John Wilks Booth killed the president.

The Garfield portion was my favorite. He’s become one of my favorite Presidents. And by far my favorite Christian Conservative Republican. Usually not my scene. Garfield was just a hard working, self made man. The last president born in a log cabin and the last with a beard. In his 200 days in office he straightened out the Post office and hired Frederick Douglas. I’ve become obsessed with the 20th President and would like to make plans to visit his home in Mentor, Ohio and his tomb in Cleveland.

I’m finishing up the book currently and it’s about President McKinley. There’s no not much too him. Has some racist undertones, Spanish-American War, God meant the U.S.A. to be number one. Seems sort of too 2018 for me. Vowell has lots of great stories pertaining to an anarchist movement in New York, and some great stuff on Teddy Roosevelt, who would take office after McKinley.

I couldn’t recommend this book anymore. I love it immensly. Happy reading folks and keep up to date with Mid-American-Culture.

Epic Barbecue at Lucius Q’s

Good morning everyone, I’m wrapping up Mid-American-Culture’s restaurant reviews with a great place I just got to try last Saturday. Lucius Q’s is a crazy good barbecue joint in Cincinnati. I was a huge fan of the local indie station WNKU and after it’s closing, station manager Aaron Sharp partnered up to create Lucius Q’s restaurant. Named like Cincinnati itself after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus a Roman Senator.

You can view the menu at luciusq.com I had the Pendleton Porker Sandwich. Also the corn muffins are epic!

My wife had the baked beans and they were honestly the best I’ve ever had. You have plenty of options on sauces, the Pendleton came with Queen City Gold and I loved it. The staff was very nice and helpful for us first time patrons. The interior was old school with touches of modern industrial.

Most of the menu is locally sourced and they’ve just recently started a barbecue brunch. Which I would’ve for sure tried out this weekend if it wasn’t a 3 hour drive. Also, as a heads up it’s a little tricky with a baby, we regretted not bringing the stroller in with us. Oh and my eldest daughter is a super picky eater and she swears by the mac and cheese. I even got the t-shirt!

Lucius Q is a great little joint in city that was once known as Porkopolis for it’s massive pork production. Tasty tasty barbecue. Have a great weekend and hope you get to enjoy the list of restaurants we reviewed this week.

Farewell Steve Ditko

Hello everyone, it was discovered by the world at large yesterday that comic icon Steve Ditko has passed away. Ditko left his mark on the world as the co-creator of Marvel Comics Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. He designed both characters and came up with the rogues gallery for much of Spidey’s main villians including Green Goblin, the Lizard, and Doctor Strange’s Dormammu.

He drew the Amazing Spider-Man for 6 years and left over a falling out with Stan Lee.

He went to Carlton Comics where his main contribution was the Blue Beetle and the Question who would be a major influence on Alan Moore when he created Rorschach of the Watchman.

Ditko would work a bit for DC Comics in the 1980s before comic back to Marvel in the 90’s and creating Squirrel-Girl.

Ditko was a famous recluse compared to author JD Salinger. He continued working and self publishing up until his death. He was also an avid blogger. He will be greatly missed, but his creations will live on forever. Thanks for the work and effort Mr. Ditko