July 14, 2013

Spring Wind in London

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--Description: 20th C, Mansfield K., Nature, Seasons--


I blow across the stagnant world,
I blow across the sea,
For me, the sailor's flag unfurled,
For me, the uprooted tree.
My challenge to the world is hurled;
The world must bow to me.

I drive the clouds across the sky,
I huddle them like sheep;
Merciless shepherd-dog am I
And shepherd-watch I keep.
If in the quiet vales they lie
I blow them up the steep.

Lo! In the tree-tops do I hide,
In every living thing;
On the moon's yellow wings I glide,
On the wild rose I swing;
On the sea-horse's back I ride,
And what then do I bring?

And when a little child is ill
I pause, and with my hand
I wave the window curtain's frill
That he may understand
Outside the wind is blowing still;
...It is a pleasant land.

O stranger in a foreign place,
See what I bring to you.
This rain--is tears upon your face;
I tell you--tell you true
I came from that forgotten place
Where once the wattle grew,--

All the wild sweetness of the flower
Tangled against the wall.
It was that magic, silent hour....
The branches grew so tall
They twined themselves into a bower.
The sun shown... and the fall

Of yellow blossom on the grass!
You feel that golden rain?
Both of you could not hold, alas,
(both of you tried, in vain)
A memory, stranger. So I pass....
It will not come again


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. Mansfield contracted tuberculosis which rendered any return or visit to New Zealand impossible and led to her death at the age of 34.

--Word of the Day: conflate \kuhn-FLAYT\, transitive verb:
1. To bring together; to fuse together; to join or meld.
2. To combine (as two readings of a text) into one whole.
Example:
Scott Reynolds's creepy debut feature [film] conflates the present and the past with ingenious use of flashbacks.
-Anne Billson, "Bent beneath the weight of its own righteousness", Sunday Telegraph, March 1, 1998

--Quote of the Day: Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

--Language Arts-FRENCH:
French word: employé de bureau
English translation: office worker
Part of speech: noun

French example: Il est employé de bureau chez IBM.
English example: He is an office employee at IBM.


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