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May 14, 2013


Ironically, I think in this age, the chickpeas would have to be chocolate chip cookies, and the invasion of the Mede would be the fall of the twin towers.

When you lie on a soft couch by the fire in winter,
Well-fed, drinking sweet wine and munching cookies,
Be sure you ask the man next to you:
What’s your name, Sir? Where are you from? How old?
Where were you, when the Twin Towers fell?

Thank you, Ray. I never learned the classical meters in school, alas. Later, as a medievalist, I was exposed only to Latin verse based on accents rather than quantities. And a bit later I did learn to very, very incompetently scan Latin hexameters -- enough to get a distant sense of the music.

Thanks for the Tennyson. Do you know Milton's own translation of Horace's ode 1.5 (Quis multa gracilis te puer in rosa)? It's one of my favorite Milton poems.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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