October 25, 2010

A Little Boy's Dream

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--Description: 20th C, Mansfield K., Children, Dreams, Fantasy, Illusion, Parenting-- 


 
To and fro, to and fro
In my little boat I go
Sailing far across the sea
All alone, just little me.
And the sea is big and strong
And the journey very long.
To and fro, to and fro
In my little boat I go.

Sea and sky, sea and sky,
Quietly on the deck I lie,
Having just a little rest.
I have really done my best
In an awful pirate fight,
But we captured them all right.
Sea and sky, sea and sky,
Quietly on the deck I lie--

Far away, far away
From my home and from my play,
On a journey without end
Only with the sea for friend
And the fishes in the sea.
But they swim away from me
Far away, far away
From my home and from my play.

Then he cried "O Mother dear."
And he woke and sat upright,
They were in the rocking chair,
Mother's arms around him--tight.


Katherine Mansfield

--Did You Know: (14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923) Katherine Mansfield was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield, which is in itself a short form of her real name as she was born Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp. Mansfield left for Great Britain in 1908 where she encountered Modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf with whom she became close friends. Her stories often focus on moments of disruption and frequently open rather abruptly. Among her most well known stories are The Garden Party, The Daughters of the Late Colonel and The Fly. During the First World War Mansfield contracted tuberculosis which rendered any return or visit to New Zealand impossible and led to her death at the age of 34. Read more at: Katherine Mansfield

--Poetry Terminology: Rising Meter -
Term used to describe end-stressed meters such as iambic and anapestic - as opposed to falling meter.

--Word of the Day: apocopate \uh-POK-uh-peyt\, verb:
To omit the final sound or sounds of (a word.)
Example:
Mary B. Robinson has directed with great assurance and fluidity - perhaps a bit too much of the latter; I wish she had not seen fit to make so many speeches overlap and apocopate one another.
-- John Simon, "Houses Divided," New York Magazine, January, 1986.

--Quote of the Day: One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
- Malayan Proverb

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2 comments:

Briana Marie said...

I really enjoyed reading this poem. I have an avid imagination so I usually dream every night. That is how this poem caught my eye. Clearly the boy was excited to go on this "journey", but when he awoke, the only thing he wanted was his mother. I loved it!

V. Mahfood on October 27, 2010 at 6:55 PM said...

Thank you. It was really so sweet and typical of a child!

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