July 31, 2012

My Lady Carries Love Within Her Eyes

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--Description: 14th C, Alighieri D., Adoration, Love, Sonnet--


My lady carries Love within her eyes,
whereby whate’er she looks at gentle grows.
Towards her, where she passes, each man draws,
and, greeted by her, tremblingly replies.
His forehead bent, he pales and nearly dies,
so deeply his defects he sees and knows.
Envy and pride dare not stay to her close:
then help me, ladies, praise her to the skies.
Every most humbling thought and every bliss
rise in the heart of one who hears her speak,
so that who sees her first is firstly blest.
And if her faintest smile be manifest,
to tell it, word is vain, and mind is weak
so new and dear a miracle it is.

Dante Alighieri

--Did You Know: (May/June c.1265 – September 14, 1321) Dante Alighieri, commonly known as Dante, was an Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His central work, the Divina Commedia (originally called Commedia and later called Divina ("divine") by Boccaccio), is often considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. In Italy he is known as "the Supreme Poet" (il Sommo Poeta) or just il Poeta. Dante,Petrarch and Boccaccio are also known as "the three fountains" or "the three crowns". Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language". The first biography written on him was by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), who wrote the Trattatello in laude di Dante.Dante claimed that his family descended from the ancient Romans (Inferno, XV, 76), but the earliest relative he could mention by name was Cacciaguida degli Elisei (Paradiso, XV, 135), of no earlier than about 1100. Dante's father, Alighiero di Bellincione, was a White Guelph who suffered no reprisals after the Ghibellines won the Battle of Montaperti in the mid 13th century. This suggests that Alighiero or his family enjoyed some protective prestige and status. Dante's family was prominent in Florence, with loyalties to the Guelphs, a political alliance that supported the Papacy and which was involved in complex opposition to the Ghibellines, who were backed by the Holy Roman Emperor. The poet's mother was Bella degli Abati. She died when Dante was not yet ten years old, and Alighiero soon married again, to Lapa di Chiarissimo Cialuffi.

--Word of the Day: gaucherie \goh-shuh-REE\, noun:
1. A socially awkward or tactless act.
2. Lack of tact; boorishness; awkwardness.
Example:
If you find yourself sitting next to an obviously prosperous guest at a dinner party and your host introduces him (it will be a him) as a "successful barrister", you will be guilty of a gaucherie of the crassest kind if you exclaim: "How fascinating! If I promise not to call you Rumpole, will you tell me about your goriest murder trials?"
-Nick Cohen, "Don't leave justice to the judges", New Statesman, December 13, 1999

--French Word of the Day: French word: âme soeur
English translation: soul mate
Part of speech: noun
Example sentence:
French: De nombreuses agences matrimoniales vous promettent de trouver l'âme sœur, mais ce n'est pas une tâche aisée.
English: Many matrimonial agencies promise to find you a soul mate, but this is not an easy task.

--Quote of the Day: You can't look in the face of adoration and be cruel.
-Claudia Christian


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