September 30, 2013

A Conceit

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--Description: 21st C, Angelou M., Friendship, Love, Poetry--


Give me your hand
Make room for me
to lead and follow
you
beyond this rage of poetry.

Let others have
the privacy of
touching words
and love of loss
of love.

For me
Give me your hand.



Maya Angelou

--Did You Know: (born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928), Angelou is an American autobiographer and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adulthood experiences. The first, best-known, and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), focuses on the first seventeen years of her life, brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. Angelou has had a long and varied career, holding jobs such as fry cook, dancer, actress, journalist, educator, television producer, and film director. She was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild in the late 1950s. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and served as Northern Coordinator of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Angelou has been highly honored for her body of work, including being awarded over 30 honorary degrees. Read more at: Maya Angelou

--Word of the Day: Parnassian \pahr-NAS-ee-uhn\, adjective:
1. pertaining to poetry.
2. pertaining to Mount Parnassus.
3. of, pertaining to, or noting a school of French poets of the latter half of the 19th century, characterized chiefly by a belief in art for art's sake, by an emphasis on metrical form, and by the repression of emotive elements: so called from Le Parnasse Contemporain, the title of their first collection of poems, published in 1866.
4. a member of the Parnassian school of French poets.

Example:
However, your quest is dignified by its very disinterestedness; it is distanced from real human concerns and suffering; it is Parnassian, academic, aloof, elitist.
-- David Lambkin, The Hanging Tree, 1998

--Quote of the Day: Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack. ~Hazelmarie Elliott

--Language Arts-Italian: prima: earlier (adverb)

Example sentence: Arriveremo a Napoli un giorno prima; per voi va bene?
Translation: We will arrive in Naples a day earlier; does that work for you?


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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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