December 15, 2009

The Grave and the Rose

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--Description: 19th C, Hugo V., Death, Life--

The Grave said to the Rose,
"What of the dews of dawn,
Love's flower, what end is theirs?"
"And what of spirits flown,
The souls whereon doth close
The tomb's mouth unawares?"
The Rose said to the Grave.

The Rose said, "In the shade
From the dawn's tears is made
A perfume faint and strange,
Amber and honey sweet."
"And all the spirits fleet
Do suffer a sky-change,
More strangely than the dew,
To God's own angels new,"
The Grave said to the Rose.

Victor Marie Hugo

--Did You Know: (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) Hugo was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. In France, Hugo's literary fame rests not only upon his novels, but also upon his poetic and dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem, and Hugo is sometimes identified as the greatest French poet. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (known in English also as The Hunchback of Notre Dame). Though a committed conservative royalist when he was young, Hugo grew more liberal as the decades passed; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon. Read more at: Victor M. Hugo

--Word of the Day: gallimaufry \gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun:
A hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
Example:
Today bilingual programs are conducted in a gallimaufry of around 80 tongues, ranging from Spanish to Lithuanian to Micronesian Yapese.
-Ezra Bowen, "For Learning or Ethnic Pride?", Time, July 8, 1985

--Quote of the Day:
As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.
-Jean Paul

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--TRIVIA FUN: What Western Hemisphere people spoke Nahuatl?

ANSWER TO YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA:
What do the Chinese call kwai-tsze, or "quick little fellows"?
Answer: Chopsticks

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