August 6, 2011

Summer in the South

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--Description: 20th C, Dunbar P.L., Nature, Seasons--

The Oriole sings in the greening grove
As if he were half-way waiting,
The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green,
Timid, and hesitating.
The rain comes down in a torrent sweep
And the nights smell warm and pinety,
The garden thrives, but the tender shoots
Are yellow-green and tiny.
Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill,
Streams laugh that erst were quiet,
The sky smiles down with a dazzling blue
And the woods run mad with riot.

Paul Laurence Dunbar

--Did You Know: (June 27, 1872– February 9, 1906) Dunbar was a seminal American poet of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dunbar gained national recognition for his 1896 Lyrics of a Lowly Life, one poem in the collection Ode to Ethiopia. Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who had escaped from slavery; his father was a veteran of the American Civil War, having served in the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry Regiment. His parents instilled in him a love of learning and history. He was a student at an all-white high school, Dayton Central High School, and he participated actively as a student. During high school, he was both the editor of the school newspaper and class president, as well as the president of the school literary society. Dunbar had also started the first African-American newsletter in Dayton. He wrote his first poem at age 6 and gave his first public recital at age 9. Dunbar's first published work came in a newspaper put out by his high school friends Wilbur and Orville Wright, who owned a printing plant. Read more at: Paul Laurence Dunbar

--Word of the Day: potable \POH-tuh-buhl\, adjective:
1. Fit to drink; suitable for drinking; drinkable.
noun:
1. A potable liquid; a beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage.
Example:
If you drink from the spring, which is shaded by a fig tree, you will supposedly feel younger and more loving. Unfortunately, you may also feel sick: the government warns that the water is not potable.
-Gene Burns, "The Stuff of Myths", The Atlantic, September 1999

--Quote of the Day: "When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be."
-Lao Tzu

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2 comments:

Rinkly Rimes on March 24, 2010 at 4:15 AM said...

like the format of your blog very much with its mixture of illustration, poem and 'homework'!

V. Mahfood on March 24, 2010 at 8:38 AM said...

Oh thank you! The more we can learn, the better we are, I think. I used to include more features, but time always wins me and I have to compromise with less. Still, I'm so happy you enjoy the posts!

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