June 5, 2010

Dusk

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--Description: 19th C, Verlaine P., Celestial, Nature,Night-- 
The moon is red on the foggy horizon;
In a mist that dances, the meadow
Sleeps in the smoke, frogs bellow
In green reeds through which frissons run;

The lilies close their shutters,
The poplars stretch far away,
Tall and serried, their spectres stray;
Among bushes the fireflies flicker;

The owls are awake, in soundless flight
They row through the air on heavy wings,
And the zenith fills, sombrely glowing.
Pale, Venus emerges, and it is Night.

Paul Verlaine

--Did You Know: (30 March 1844 – 8 January 1896) Verlaine was a French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry. Born in Metz, he was educated at the Lycée impérial Bonaparte (now the Lycée Condorcet) in Paris and then took up a post in the civil service. He began writing poetry at an early age, and was initially influenced by the Parnassien movement and its leader, Leconte de Lisle. Verlaine's first published poem was published in 1863 in La Revue du progrès, a publication founded by poet Louis-Xavier de Ricard. Verlaine's first published collection, Poèmes saturniens (1866), though adversely commented upon by Sainte-Beuve, established him as a poet of promise and originality. Read more at: Paul Verlaine

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5. Astronomy. An arbitrarily fixed instant of time or date, usually the beginning of a century or half century, used as a reference in giving the elements of a planetary orbit or the like. b.The mean longitude of a planet as seen from the sun at such an instant or date.
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-"Lawmakers must face constitutional change", editorial, The Daily Yomiuri, May, 2010.

--Quote of the Day: Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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