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A whole day nearer

I have used this link in my blog before (Les Vieux. (July 6, 2012).  The very old lady I referred to in that post, my mother’s last survivng friend, has since died.  She decided she was too tired to go … Continue reading

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Sonnet XXXIII

Even violent changes in summer weather can be beautiful.  Enjoy! 1. Full many a glorious morning have I seen 2. Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye, 3. Kissing with golden face the meadows green, 4. Gilding pale streams with … Continue reading

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Mariana

Mariana is an 1851 oil-on-wood painting by John Everett Millais. The image is based on the solitary Mariana from William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, written between 1601 and 1606. In the play, Mariana was to be married, but was rejected … Continue reading

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The Second Coming

I am not sure that I understand or agree with the metaphorical and metaphysical interpretations of the second stanza. But when I heard about the tragedy in Boston yesterday, I thought first of Yeats’ description of anarchy. “The centre cannot … Continue reading

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The Song of the Ski

THE SONG OF THE SKI   Wilson MacDonald, Canadian poet 1880 -1967   Norse am I when the first snow falls; Norse am I till the ice departs. The fare for which my spirit calls Is blood from a hundred … Continue reading

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Robert Frost

Robert Frost died fifty years ago today. One of my favourite poems is this, Fire and Ice, published in 1920, and inspired from a passage in Dante’s inferno and a conversation he had with a scientist.  It discusses the end … Continue reading

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The Last Refuge

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.  Oscar Wilde Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.  Mark Twain To-day is a “snow day” and all schools are closed. Well, not so much … Continue reading

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