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4/26 poem rec - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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4/26 poem rec
Chapter 16 of Shades (Interlude 4) is up at SQ. Man, that had a lot of problems in need of fixing. I had to jump in and smoothe over my own mistake in mentally changine Sweet's age, and then stick in an ending that I'd forgotten to do, and try to clarify in places that weren't clear. Sheesh!

So, today's poem... honestly, it took me awhile to find a Longfellow that I liked. Not sure why.

But here's a good one--"A Psalm of Life."

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
        Life is but an empty dream!--
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
        And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
        And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
        Was not spoken of the soul.


The rest, at Poet's Corner

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mozartopia From: mozartopia Date: April 26th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please excuse my asking, but I respect your readings of poetry so much that I cannot help myself, or my curiosity:

do you know the poetry of Paul Celan, and if so, what do you think of it?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 26th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know him, sorry!
keestone From: keestone Date: April 26th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's that 21st Century sensibilities aren't too comfortable with Victorian effusion. I know I'm a bit uncomfortable with all the exclamation points. (It's something I noticed reading Speranza's poetry. I just wanted to tell her, "I know you're passionate, but could you crank it down a notch?")

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love this poem. My grandma was always quoting it when I was a kid. It's sort of a family saying, now.

Ellen
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