November 9, 2010

A Green Cornfield

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--Description: 19th C, Rossetti C., Nature, Seasons--



The earth was green, the sky was blue:
I saw and heard one sunny morn
a skylark hang betweent he two,
a singing speck above the corn;

a stage below, in gay accord,
white butterflies danced on the wing,
and still the singing skylark soared,
and silent sank and soared to sing.

The cornfield stretched a tender green
to right and left beside my walks;
I knew he had a nest unseen
somewhere among the million stalks.

And as I paused to hear his song
while swift the sunny moments slid,
perhaps his mate sat listening long,
and listened longer than I did.



Christina Georgina Rossetti

--Did You Know: (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) Christina Rossetti was a British poet, who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is best known for her long poem Goblin Market, her love poem "Remember", and for the words of what became the popular Christmas carol "In the Bleak Midwinter". Rossetti was born in London and educated at home by her mother. Her siblings were the artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Michael Rossetti, and Maria Francesca Rossetti. Their father, Gabriele Rossetti, was an Italian poet and a political asylum seeker from Naples; their mother, Frances Polidori, was the sister of Lord Byron's friend and physician, John William Polidori, author of The Vampyre. In the 1840s her family was stricken with severe financial difficulties due to the deterioration of her father's physical and mental health. When she was 14, Rossetti suffered a nervous breakdown and left school. In the early 20th century Rossetti's popularity faded as many respected Victorian writers' reputations suffered from Modernism's backlash. Rossetti remained largely unnoticed and unread until the 1970s when feminist scholars began to recover and comment on her work. In the last few decades Rossetti's writing has been rediscovered and she has regained admittance into the Victorian literary canon. Read more at: Christina Rossetti

--Poetry Terminology: Vers de Societe -
Form of light verse which concerns itself with the comings and goings of polite society. Matthew Prior and Henry Austin Dobson both specialised in vers de société. How to Get On in Society by John Betjeman is another example - although this poem is also satirical in tone.

--Word of the Day: saccade \sa-KAHD\, noun:
1. The movement of the eye when it makes a sudden change, as in reading.
2. The act of checking a horse quickly with a single strong pull of the reins.
Example:
He added the bill with a single saccade of his pulsing eyes.
-- Will Self, My Idea of Fun: A Cautionary Tale

--Quote of the Day: Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

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