June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

  WORLD TRADE 1736 An East Indiaman; National Maritime Museum peter monamy 39 x 32 Thro’ various Climes & to each distant Pole, In happy Tides let active Commerce rowl, As our high Vessels pass their watry Way, Let all the Naval World due Homage pay: Let Britain’s Ships export…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

The Amber Route Who were the Hyperboreans of Herodotus? The British say the British, and the Scandinavians say the Scandinavians, but Stonehenge has to get my vote as the most convincing hub of Hyperborea, which, to Herodotus, meant Farthest North (pace Nansen). Travellers and amber merchants from Greece presumably took…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

unsigned 39 x 53 painted circa 1725 ? 1704 Gibraltar 1706 Barcelona     1706 Alicante 1708 Dunkirk 1718 Cape Passaro 1 BYNG’s BATTLES Cape Passaro 2 To the left, a detail of a map of Sicily from Ottens’ Atlas, 1745. Below, an attempt to reconcile the several ship encounters…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

TRANSLATION AND STYLE by Murat Nemet-Nejat [edited] Understanding translation is embedded in the concept of faithfulness. What is a faithful translation? The traditional answer is Platonic, best represented in our day by the critic George Steiner, especially in his introduction to the The Penguin Book of Modern Verse Translation (1966)….

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

  Smeaton built his house to last, in stone. It was meticulously planned, all the way, and, remarkably, outlasted the rock it was founded on. When replaced by the Douglass tower, it was dismantled and re-erected in Plymouth, where it may still be seen. EDDYSTONE FOUR 1759-1882 JOHN SMEATON Above,…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

Esaias Tegnér & Charles XII Charles XII: on the centenary of his death 1818 Kung Carl, den unga hjelte, han stod i rök och dam. Han drog sitt svärd från bälte och bröt i striden fram. “Hur Svenska stålet biter kom låt oss pröfva på. Ur vägen Moscoviter, friskt mod,…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

TITLE PAGE Peter Monamy 1681-1749 INTRODUCTION Apart from a fleeting mention, possibly by Smollett, in the Critical Review of March 5th, 1758, almost nothing that appeared in print about Peter Monamy before 1981 was of any critical merit, accuracy, comprehension or interest. I except the anecdotal and incidental information supplied…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

These pages on the Eddystone lighthouses revise and replace those previously posted during 2003. They are greatly indebted to the generous advice, recommendations and co-operative interest of Maureen Attrill, Alison Barnes, Nigel Overton, Roger Quarm, Janet Tamblin, and Ken Trethewey. The errors contained in these pages, and the more contentious…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

When the Sword glitters ore the Judges head, And fear has Coward Churchmen silenced Then is the Poets time, ’tis then he drawes And single fights forsaken Vertues cause. He, when the wheel of Empire whirleth back, And though the World’s disjointed Axel crack, Sings still of ancient Rights and…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

Essays and Papers   Some of these essays were originally prepared for different publications set in other contexts, so there is occasional repetition of content. Some are frivolous, others less so.   Anfloga, Wearn, (H)wælweg Anglo-Saxon Verse: W.J.Sedgefield Biblical Echoes Bird, Ship, Sun, Sea The Central Crux of The Seafarer…