At 15 I had a thing for sonnets. Memorized a number of them. The usual...
Let me not to the marriage of true minds.....
When in disgrace with fortune and mens eyes...
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day.....
In case you are wondering, yes, I can still say them all.
I can also still say "Marco Comes Late" by Dr. Seuss, which I memorized in 6th grade for a competition.
I can say it with feeling.
Now- my taste runs to Old Poetry. Christina Rossetti, William Blake, the Bard, George MacDonald, Keats, Byron, you know the type. I would browse through Barnes and Noble (as we called it in the Pre-Children days, now it's Barnes and NoBooks. Thank you Emma.) and just be stumped. I'd read them all, and there were no new old poets being discovered. So I kinda let it fall by the wayside. Bearing children can have that effect.
Bill and I were in Somewhere, Georgia (there's a big mall there, oh Duluth) for our anniversary, and found this book.
selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor.
I am a GK fan. He has some killer short stories. Like snort-anything-you-have-just-consumed-out-of-your-nose funny. I recommend "Zeus the Lutheran."
This book so accurately titled-- (as you can see from my short story rec. the man has quite a title-choosing knack.)
We read it through dinner.
We read it in the jaccuzzi. (loudly)
We read it in the morning, and on the way home.
We laughed, we cried.
I discovered some things.
(a) I still like poetry. (b) There are some fantastic modern authors who actually punctuate and capitalize things. (c) Bill's a good reader. I point, and he reads. (d) I have to memorize something in order to get it right.
Here's the one I memorized- my favorite poem:
by Wendy Cope
At lunchtime I bought a huge orange-
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave-
They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It's new.
The rest of my day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I'm glad I exist.
Sarah, I'm snapping my fingers! lol. Love it! You are so deep... yet you are still my sayfiddy...
my extent of memorized poetry is shel silverstein's "I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor"... and that was for a 3rd grade competition :)
you are just the coolest :)
I love that poem - I think you should scrap it.
I memorized The Lady of Shallot in 8th grade because Anne Shirley read it. And I wanted to be like Anne. I still know parts of it.
i love it
That does a mama's heart good. I wholeheartedly agree. Neena would be proud! I am happy the you continue to memorize dearie!
That, not the!
i love you and i'm glad you exist
you have no idea how much that poem just inspired me. I'm a reader but have never been much for poetry..and just the other day I checked out a poetry book from the library for a new thing for my senses. This post just totally inspired me to really jump in with both feet. wow this was a long comment! Kelly
you memorized sonnets?!?! Wow, I'm impressed...of course you married a literature kinda guy...so he could read to you..lol
Were you in Duluth recently?
I only memorize songs...its gotta sing..:)
well, just cool. :)
The anniversary mentioned was many moons ago when we lived in GA!
Sorry about that!!!
I've had the book for a long time, and still love it!
Anja, I have actually scrapped the poem!!! :)
Love you Say.
i agree w/ missy.
you are COOL.
i'm glad you found this book and shared.
*almost* inspires me to dig for my lit books from whence i first fell in love w/ poetry.
but they're in my storage locker.
tortured by sarah.
she's still cool tho.
you are cool.
i wuv you
Wow, I adore that poem. I like your blog too :) Thanks for commenting on my G&S parody, clearly you have good taste :)
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