July 2, 2009

A Memory of Youth

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May this nostalgic poem lift your day!

--Description: 20th C, Yeats, W.B., Aging, Love--

THE moments passed as at a play;
I had the wisdom love brings forth;
I had my share of mother-wit,
And yet for all that I could say,
And though I had her praise for it,
A cloud blown from the cut-throat North
Suddenly hid Love's moon away.

Believing every word I said,
I praised her body and her mind
Till pride had made her eyes grow bright,
And pleasure made her cheeks grow red,
And vanity her footfall light,
Yet we, for all that praise, could find
Nothing but darkness overhead.

We sat as silent as a stone,
We knew, though she'd not said a word,
That even the best of love must die,
And had been savagely undone
Were it not that Love upon the cry
Of a most ridiculous little bird
Tore from the clouds his marvellous moon.

William Yeats

--Did You Know: (13 June 1865–28 January 1939) Yeats was an Irish poet and dramatist and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, and served as its chief during its early years. In 1923, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry."

--Word of the Day: plaintive\PLAYN-tiv\, adjective:
Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad.
(eg) Meanwhile Jack Byron's plight in France was becoming desperate and his letters to his sister increasingly plaintive.
-Phyllis Grosskurth, Byron: The Flawed Angel
(eg) The shadows have lengthened, and the night birds have begun their plaintive chorus.
-Valerie Martin, "Being St. Francis", The Atlantic, August 2000

--Quote of the Day: In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
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--Spanish Word of the Day: cotidiano, adjective:
daily, everyday
It is often used in the phrase la vida cotidiana:
(eg) No son agitadores. Son gente normal, en su vida cotidiana, resultan de lo más respetable.
(transl) They are not agitators. They’re ordinary people, in everyday life, very respectable.

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