Q

Something about Q

That’s quite right: the least used letter in the English language has to be “Q“. Not only that, but most words beginning with the letter “q” are always followed by a “u“, unless they are of foreign origin (mainly arabic). These element make this letter quite unique in the alphabet and researches have proved it…

poetry

This is an age for Hermeticism: short, concise, dense verses

Hermeticism was an Italian poetry movement which developed in the 1920s and 1930s in the wake of Modernism. Apparently obscure and hard to interpret, Hermetic poetry was constructed as a riddle, displaying the only words that needed to be there to convey feelings, emotions, projections. It did not seek to be interpreted in any way,…

crystalpalace

Abstract Architecture: Part 3 – The Crystal Palace

While the first two examples of “abstract architecture” that were featured in this blog were actually built or started, we can say the Crystal Palace was a very well established building which stood there to remind the United Kingdom and the rest of the world about the power the country had in the world. It…

spain1898

Legacy of 1898: what remains of Spain’s decadent generation

In Spanish, the term “Noventayochistas” (literally, “Ninetyeightists“) covers The picture of this post, a painting by Eliseo Meifrén y Roig really says it all: Spain was sinking. Jose Martínez Ruiz, mostly known as Azorín, defined traits of this unconsciously formed group, branding it the “generación de 1898”. Why 1898? That year, Spain lost its colonies:…