Friday, October 02, 2015

Some English lines

Even though English is a foreign language, some of it seems to have ot in to my system. Today children were going to the shopping centre asked me what i wanted. I said a 'mandrake root' from one of my favourite misogynist poems
 Song: Go and catch a falling star
On the otherhand I do not understand the antipathy to Wordsworth lines in The Thorn; after all not all lines in a poem can be great:
The much-ridiculed lines of 1798 about the child’s grave–
“I’ve measured it from side to side,
’T is three feet long and two feet wide"–
became in 1820:
“Though but of compass small and bare
To thirsty suns and parching air.”

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