April 5, 2011


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--Description: 20th C, Tabb J. B., Love, Memories, Separation--

I MISS thee everywhere.
The places dear to thee,
Familiar shadows wear
Henceforth for memory.

And where thou hast not been,
Thou seemest to repose
As near, though never seen,
As fragrance to the rose.


John B. Tabb

--Did You Know: (March 22, 1845 - November 19, 1909) Father John Bannister Tabb was an American poet, Roman Catholic priest, and professor of English. (Although often misspelled as Bannister, the poet's middle name is actually spelled with only one "n", Banister.) Born into one of Virginia's oldest and wealthiest families, he became a blockade runner for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and spent eight months in a Union prison camp (where he formed a life-long friendship with poet Sidney Lanier); he converted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1872, and began to teach Greek and English at Saint Charles College (Ellicott City, Maryland) in 1878. He was ordained as a priest in 1884, after which he retained his academic position. Plagued by eye problems his whole life, he lost his sight completely about a year before he died in the college rooms that he had continued to occupy after his retirement. Father Tabb (as he was commonly known) was widely published in popular and prestigious magazines of the day, including Harper's Monthly, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Cosmopolitan. Read more at: John B. Tabb

--Poetry Terminology: weak ending -
Where a word or syllable at the end of a line of verse is stressed metrically but is unstressed in ordinary speech.

--Word of the Day: afflatus \uh-FLAY-tuhs\, noun:
A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
Whatever happened to passion and vision and the divine afflatus in poetry?
-- Clive Hicks, "From 'Green Man' (Ronsdale)", Toronto Star, November 21, 1999

--Quote of the Day: Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
- Pythagoras

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