Loss of Memory and the Persistence of Beauty
How to kéep—is there ány any, is there none such, nowhere known some,
bow or brooch or braid or brace, láce, latch or catch or key to keep
Back beauty, keep it, beauty, beauty, beauty, … from vanishing away?
—“The Leaden Echo,” Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.
May, budding with dreams and hopes, also captures memories, as we recount the entwined joys and sorrows of the past academic year, with families and friends. How often we begin conversations with “Do you remember….,” and within moments a favorite storyteller is cajoled to regale the listeners, adding expressions, tones and gestures that heighten the amusement. Yet,