September 24, 2012

Epilogue to Through The Looking Glass

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Let this fantasy poem infuse your day with dreams!
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--Description: 19th C, Carroll L., Childhood, Fantasy Seasons--
A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July --

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear
Pleased a simple tale to hear --

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream --
Lingering in the golden gleam --
Life what is it but a dream?

Lewis Carroll

--Did You Know: (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898) Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll. He was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life in many parts of the world including the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. Dodgson's family was predominantly northern English, with Irish connections. Conservative and High Church Anglican, most of Dodgson's ancestors were army officers or Church of England clergymen. His great-grandfather, also Charles Dodgson, had risen through the ranks of the church to become a bishop. His grandfather, another Charles, had been an army captain. His mother's name was Frances Jane Lutwidge.

--Word of the Day: bombast\BOM-bast\, noun:
Pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
Quote:
A more serious difficulty, though, is that "love" has inspired a vast deal of high-toned rhetoric, and Ms. Ackerman seems determined to boost the bombast that already engulfs this troublesome word.
-"This Crazy Thing Called Love", New York Times, June 26, 1994

--Quote of the Day: I like nonsense -- it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. Its a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope...and that enables you to laugh at all of lifes realities.
-Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

--Spanish Word of the Day: viento, noun:
wind, windy
(eg) Hizo mucho viento anoche.
(transl) It was very windy last night.


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