July 9th, 2008

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Good Morning!!

I am smiling from the last comment on the burro, and looking out on a day that is predicted to be HOT, so feeling heavily motivated to get myself out of the house.

We are discussing the Romantic poets on Connection Well, so are well and beautifully immersed in Shelley, Keats, and Byron.

When I read the definition of Romantic poetry, I wonder if we've moved along much, and so I wonder what is next to come, or maybe the Romantics have it so right, we'll just stay there, until the end, whatever and whenever, that may be. 

So today I am with the question of what pulls us forward.  What do I want to say to those who come behind me that will have meaning for them?  We know the world is changing quickly.  We are seeing it daily, these weather patterns unusual, and record-breaking.  It is disconcerting, and perhaps it will mobilize us all to consider what matters most to us today.

I post the following from this web-site, in case you are sitting around thinking you want to know more about the Romantic period, since you are feeling very romantic today!!   Have Fun!!!


To literary scholars, romantic poetry is poetry written in the Romantic period (1790-1830). Indeed Blake, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Scott, and Keats displayed what the common reader still expects of poetry: soaring imagination, emotional intensity, freshness of individual experience, plus a deep sense of myth and mystery in natural events. There also arose the notion of Fine Art, which was created out of nothing (or at least out its own matter, and certainly for its own sake) and therefore superior to an Applied Art adulterated with practical or commercial considerations. From movements leading to Romanticism arose aesthetics (the philosophy art), with all its current problems, and our contemporary art that illustrates or challenges these conceptions.
alan's beach photo

bounce some time -

Jon Carroll has this to say today.

New words: I note that Merriam-Webster has joined the Oxford English Dictionary in accepting "mondegreen" as a legitimate word. Hooray for progress! If you don't know what a mondegreen is, head on over to sfgate.com/ZEBU and be prepared to stay awhile.
Some people still think I invented the term "mondegreen"; I did not. It was coined by Sylvia Wright in a 1954 article in Harper's magazine. I just took the ball and ran with it, all the way to the dictionary.

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ayer's rock -

the fires -

I have been to the town of Paradise and loved it. I am sad to read of its evacuation. The news on Big Sur is also depressing. We sit here, all so connected, by the news.   There is not much we can do, but hope, I suppose, that rain comes from somewhere.  I am still thinking we need a rain dance or two.