September 6, 2013

Love's Emblems

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--Description: 17th C, Fletcher, J., Love, Nature, Seasons--

NOW the lusty spring is seen;
Golden yellow, gaudy blue,
Daintily invite the view:
Everywhere on every green
Roses blushing as they blow,
And enticing men to pull,
Lilies whiter than the snow,
Woodbines of sweet honey full:
All love's emblems, and all cry,
'Ladies, if not pluck'd, we die.'

Yet the lusty spring hath stay'd;
Blushing red and purest white
Daintily to love invite
Every woman, every maid:
Cherries kissing as they grow,
And inviting men to taste,
Apples even ripe below,
Winding gently to the waist:
All love's emblems, and all cry,
'Ladies, if not pluck'd, we die.'
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.

John Fletcher

--Did You Know: (1579 – 1625) John Fletcher was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivaled Shakespeare's. Though his reputation has been eclipsed since, Fletcher remains an important transitional figure between the Elizabethan popular tradition and the popular drama of the Restoration. His father Richard Fletcher was an ambitious and successful cleric who was in turn Dean of Peterborough, Bishop of Bristol, Bishop of Worcester, and Bishop of London (shortly before his death) as well as chaplain to Queen Elizabeth. Read more at: John Fletcher

--Word of the Day: demimonde \DEM-ee-mond; Fr. duh-mee-MAWND\ , noun:
1. a group characterized by lack of success or status: the literary demimonde.
2. (especially during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity.
3. a demimondaine.
4. prostitutes or courtesans in general.
5. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: a demimonde of investigative journalists writing for the sensationalist tabloids.
It had not always been that way; it had begun as something more like a network of friends, or the part of the underground that lived in the demimonde.
-- Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars, 2003

--Quote of the Day: May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
~Irish Blessing

--Language Arts: make-up [ˈmeɪkʌp]
A. - noun
1. (=cosmetics) maquillaje (m), pintura (f)
·she touched up her make-up
·se retocó el maquillaje

·she was wearing hardly any make-up
·llevaba muy poco maquillaje , iba casi sin maquillar

·to [put on] one'noun make-up
·maquillarse , pintarse

2. (=composition) composiciónoun (f)
(=structure) estructura (f)

(=character) carácter (m), modo (m) de ser
·the racial make-up of a country
·la composiciónoun racial de un paínoun

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