All posts tagged: longing

‘Longing for home’: letters of Irish emigrants to US reveal 400 years of trials and triumphs | Ireland

‘Longing for home’: letters of Irish emigrants to US reveal 400 years of trials and triumphs | Ireland

In the week that Ireland turns ­everything green and celebrates its diaspora, a new online archive has given voice to the human cost paid by generations of emigrants. More than 7,000 letters from emigrants to North America spanning four centuries have been collected and digitised, giving poignant insight into the homesickness, tribulations, and occasional triumphs, of those who crossed the Atlantic. They tell of Pennsylvania coal­mines, Minnesota winters, Boston slums, and the desperate struggle to adapt and survive – and to make peace with the likelihood of never seeing home again. Kerby Miller, a US historian, amassed the trove over nearly six decades by combing archives and private collections, and making public appeals for letters, memoirs and other documents in trunks, drawers and attics, yielding more than 150,000 pages spanning the late 1600s to the 20th century. The University of Galway has placed the collection in a digital repository that is searchable and free to access, creating a new window on Irish, US and Canadian history in time for St Patrick’s Day. On Sunday, the …

Europe’s desperate, and unfulfilled, longing for Taylor Swift’s approval – POLITICO

Europe’s desperate, and unfulfilled, longing for Taylor Swift’s approval – POLITICO

Hours before the Super Bowl kicked off — a game in which the pop star featured prominently on TV as her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce, was playing — Trump took to social media to claim that a possible endorsement of Biden would be disloyal to her moneymaker. “There’s no way she could endorse Crooked Joe Biden, the worst and most corrupt President in the History of our Country,” Trump wrote as a cat walked across his keyboard, pausing occasionally to sit on the caps lock key, “and be disloyal to the man who made her so much money. Besides that, I like her boyfriend, Travis, even though he may be a Liberal, and probably can’t stand me!” Trump’s claim was based in his 2018 signing of the Music Modernization Act; although Taylor Swift didn’t benefit much from it. So we can now add Swift disloyalty to the list of things Trump is afraid of — alongside sharks, having fruit thrown at him (no, really) and, presumably, looking in the mirror. In Europe, the battle …

Love songs in Hindu devotion – the Tamil poets who took on the female voice to express their intense longing for the divine

Love songs in Hindu devotion – the Tamil poets who took on the female voice to express their intense longing for the divine

(The Conversation) — Valentine’s Day often revives attention on romantic themes in literature. Stories are cited in media with the aim of helping people navigate the demands of the human heart on a day that has become intimately associated with romantic love. One literary tradition rarely highlighted is that of Hindu “bhakti” or ecstatic devotion, which birthed some of the most stirring mystical poetry composed in the world. The earliest bhakti poems were composed in Tamil, a classical Indian language, in praise of the two great gods of Hinduism — Shiva and Vishnu. While the poet-devotee adopts many attitudes in relation to their chosen deity, one of the most common is the relationship between a human lover and divine beloved. This is especially true in the poems to Vishnu, which I study, where many male poets assume the female voice to express their longing for union with the divine beloved, conceived as male. Poetics of longing The Tamil poet-devotees to Vishnu lived between the sixth and ninth centuries in the Tamil-speaking regions of peninsular India. …

I’m longing to return to the place we used to live. But could this just be nostalgia? | Life and style

I’m longing to return to the place we used to live. But could this just be nostalgia? | Life and style

I have spent much of my adult life moving around. I’ve always worked remotely so have been flexible around my husband’s career. We left the last place after less than a year, because he was made redundant shortly after starting his job. I loved it there and made some great friends, but we left in a rush. I hoped we’d stay permanently in the place we moved to next, but I’ve felt miserable living here and made it my mission to move back to our previous place. Now, after five years – the longest we have lived anywhere – we have an opportunity to move back. Initially I was excited, but now I am looking around – the kids are happily settled in school and I’ve made local friends – and wondering whether this place might be good enough after all. Or should I take one last leap of faith? I’m worried that perhaps I’m repeating a pattern by leaving again, but equally, I worry that it’s foolish not to move back to the place …