November 16, 2009

Autumn

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--Description: 19th C, Rossetti D.G., Nature, Seasons, Sleep--

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

And how the swift beat of the brain
Falters because it is in vain,
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf
Knowest thou not? and how the chief
Of joys seems--not to suffer pain?

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the soul feels like a dried sheaf
Bound up at length for harvesting,
And how death seems a comely thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

--Did You Know: (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 and was later to be the main inspiration for second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement. He was also a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement. Rossetti's art was characterised by its sensuality and its medieval revivalism. His early poetry was influenced by Keats. His later poetry was characterised by the complex interlinking of thought and feeling, especially in his sonnet sequence The House of Life. Rossetti's personal life was closely linked to his work, especially his relationships with his models and muses Elizabeth Siddal and Jane Morris. Read more at .... Dante Rossetti

--Word of the Day: abeyance \uh-BAY-uhn(t)s\, noun:
Suspension; temporary cessation.
Example:
He was nineteen years old, and officially a medical student, though inevitably his studies were in abeyance for the duration of the war.
-Ruth Brandon, Surreal Lives: The Surrealists 1917-1945

--Quote of the Day: Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
-George Eliot

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--TRIVIA FUN: What's the second most populous continent?

ANSWER TO YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA:
Who said: "I'm the president of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli"?
Answer: George Bush

...SEE TOMORROW'S POST for today's Answer...
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