May 31, 2009

Sonnet 21: Say Over Again, And Yet Once Over Again

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--Description: 19th C, Browning E., Love, Sonnet--


Say over again, and yet once over again,
That thou dost love me. Though the word repeated
Should seem 'a cuckoo-song,' as thou dost treat it,
Remember, never to the hill or plain,
Valley and wood, without her cuckoo-strain
Comes the fresh Spring in all her green completed.
Beloved, I, amid the darkness greeted
By a doubtful spirit-voice, in that doubt's pain
Cry, 'Speak once more—thou lovest! 'Who can fear
Too many stars, though each in heaven shall roll,
Too many flowers, though each shall crown the year?
Say thou dost love me, love me, love me—toll
The silver iterance!—only minding, Dear,
To love me also in silence with thy soul.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

--Did You Know: Browning's 1844 Poems made her one of the most popular writers in the land at the time and inspired Robert Browning to write to her, telling her how much he loved her poems. Kenyon arranged for Browning to meet Elizabeth in May 1845, and so began one of the most famous courtships in literature.
Elizabeth had produced a large amount of works and had been writing long before Robert Browning had even published a word. However, he had a great influence on her writing, as did she on his.

--Word of the Day: irrefragable \ih-REF-ruh-guh-buhl\, adjective:
Meaning: Impossible to refute; incontestable; undeniable; as, an irrefragable argument; irrefragable evidence.
Example: I had the most irrefragable evidence of the absolute truth and soundness of the principle upon which my invention was based.
(Sir Henry Bessemer, Autobiography)

--Quote of the Day: It is my misfortune - and probably my delight - to use things as my passions tell me. What a miserable fate for a painter who adores blondes to have to stop himself putting them into a picture because they don't go with the basket of fruit! ... I put all the things I like into my pictures. The things - so much the worse for them. They just have to put up with it.
(Pablo Picasso)

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