August 13, 2009

Delight in Disorder

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--Description: 17th C, Herrick R., Love, Sonnet--

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness:
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction:
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthralls the crimson stomacher:
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbands to flow confusedly:
A winning wave (deserving note)
In the tempestuous petticoat:
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more bewitch me, than when art
Is too precise in every part.

Robert Herrick

--Did You Know: (baptized 24 August 1591 – buried 15 October 1674)Herrick was a 17th century English poet. Born in Cheapside, London, he was the seventh child and fourth son of Nicholas Herrick, a prosperous goldsmith, who fell out of a window when Robert was a year old (whether this was suicide remains unclear). The tradition that Herrick received his education at Westminster is groundless. It is more likely that (like his uncle's children) he attended The Merchant Taylors' School. In 1607 he became apprenticed to his uncle, Sir William Herrick, who was a goldsmith and jeweler to the king. The apprenticeship ended after only six years when Herrick, at age twenty-two, matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1617. Robert Herrick became a member of the Sons of Ben, a group centered upon an admiration for the works of Ben Jonson. The Victorian poet Swinburne described Herrick as the greatest song writer...ever born of English race. It is certainly true that despite his use of classical allusions and names, his poems are easier for modern readers to understand than those of many of his contemporaries.

--Word of the Day: peradventure\puhr-uhd-VEN-chuhr; pehr-\, adverb:
1. [Archaic] Possibly; perhaps.
1. Chance, uncertainty, or doubt.
It establishes beyond any peradventure of doubt that they were all wet and all wrong in their reports about the weapons of mass destruction, the chemical weapons, the biological weapons and the coming nuclear weapons as well.
-Daniel Schorr, "interview Weekend Edition - Saturday, with Susan Stamberg", National Public Radio, July 10, 2004

--Quote of the Day: A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.
-Pam Brown

--Spanish Word of the Day: cuadro, noun:
painting; picture; table, chart
Cuadro means both a painting, as in:
(eg) un cuadro de Picasso
(transl) a painting by Picasso
(eg) ¿Quién pintó ese cuadro?
(transl) Who did that painting?

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aquella08 on August 19, 2009 at 1:33 PM said...

great work!

V. Mahfood on August 19, 2009 at 7:28 PM said...

Thanks so much. I want everyone to relax and enjoy.

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