January 13, 2011

The Human Seasons

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--Description: 19th C, Keats J., Humanity, Life, Seasons--

Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;
There are four seasons in the mind of man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
Spring's honied cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness--to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
Or else he would forego his mortal nature.

John Keats

--Did You Know: (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) Keats was an English poet, who became one of the key figures of the Romantic movement. Along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Keats was part of the Second Generation Romantic Poets. During his very short life his work received constant critical attacks from periodicals of the day, but his posthumous influence on poets such as Alfred Tennyson and Wilfred Owen would be immense. Keats's poetry was characterised by elaborate word choice and sensual imagery, notably in a series of odes that were his masterpieces, and which remain among the most popular poems in English literature. Keats's letters, which expound on his aesthetic theory of "negative capability", are among the most celebrated by any writer. John Keats was born in 1795 at 85 Moorgate in London, England, where his father, Thomas Keats, was a hostler. The pub is now called "Keats at the Globe", only a few yards from Moorgate station. The beginnings of his troubles occurred in 1804, when his father died of a fractured skull after falling from his horse. A year later, in 1805, Keats's grandfather died. His mother, Frances Jennings Keats, remarried soon afterwards, but quickly left the new husband and moved herself and her four children (a son had died in infancy) to live with Keats's grandmother, Alice Jennings. There, Keats attended a school that first instilled a love of literature in him. Read more at: John Keats

--Word of the Day: sedulous /(SEJ-uh-luhs) /adjective:
Involving great care, effort, and persistence.
Example:
"Elizabeth Bishop was sedulous, pernickety, quietly determined; she would work on poems for years."
Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 20, 2008.

--Poetry Terminology: Dada Poetry-
Poetry which attempts to deny sense and reason. Dada comes from the French for 'hobby-horse' - a word originally selected at random from the dictionary. Dada was the forerunner of surrealist poetry.

--Quote of the Day: Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
-Sarah Ban Breathnach

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2 comments:

Small Footprints on January 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM said...

What a perfect way to start the day ... a beautiful poem and photo to go with it ... information about a poet, a new word and terminology ... and an inspirational quote of the day. Fabulous!

Thank you for sharing all of this with us! My day is better for it!

V. Mahfood on January 16, 2011 at 1:44 PM said...

Thank you, that is very kind of you to say so. You're right, we get to share a complete literary page with lots of wonderful people!

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