Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In a little while.  

“I’ll see you in a little while,” said a friend after we confirmed a meeting time.  I like “while” as an indicator of time, used as a noun.  “I’ll sit and read for a while.”  “I haven’t seen you in a long while.”  “It will take me a while to get there.”  “Okay, then, I’ll see you in a little while.”

Webster tells me that “while” can be pronounced with “wh” of with “w” and that it has been in use since before the twelfth century.  That has been quite a while ago.

Bare walls.

I have not placed my art on the walls.  I’m enjoying bare walls.  They express calm and move focus to furniture, lamps, floor, and window views.  I may sell all of my art.  Does any reader know how–or want to sell for me–on commission, on-line or otherwise?

Notes on Reading.  Drama.  William Butler Yeats, On Baile’s Strand (1903).  In Eight Great Tragedies.  Mentor Books, 1957.

Heroic actions of great men and accompanying commentary by ordinary people, a tragic event (the unwitting killing of a son), the backdrop setting of the  eternal sky and sea. and the influence of supernatural forces make this short play a grand example of tragedy.  Based on Irish folklore, the story unfolds with five major characters and a chorus of “Kings and Singing Women.”  The use of blank verse throughout and lyrical Irish speech enforce the dignity of the drama.

Notes on Reading.  Poetry.  Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Idylls of the King:  “Dedication” and “The Coming of Arthur.”

“Dedication.”  The dedication is to Prince Albert.  It is effusive in its praise, so effusive as to be ineffective, almost offensive to me.  Tennyson became Poet Laureate in 1850; Idylls was published between 1859 and 1885.  To curry favor with those in power is probably part of how poets gain and keep the position of Laureate.  I realize yet another way to sell one’s soul.

“The Coming of Arthur.”  Like President Obama, King Arthur experienced controversy around conditions of his birth.  Before he gives his daughter’s hand in marriage to Arthur, King Leodogran must ascertain whether Arthur is of noble lineage, to be convinced that rumors otherwise are wrong.  Arthur’s knights tell what they know, and Leodogran is convinced finally by the two stories told by Queen Bellicent, visiting in his castle at the time.  One is the marvels she saw at Arthur’s coronation; the other is a story told her by Merlin’s teacher.  Tennyson uses beautiful, resplendent images of the natural and  supernatural words in these stories.  One such image: “There likewise I beheld Excalibur / Before him at his crowning borne, the sword / That rose from out the bosom of the lake, / And Arthur row’d across and took it–rich / With jewels, elfin Urim, on the hilt, / Bewildering heart and eye–the blade so bright / That men are blinded by it . . . “

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About billwednesdayblog

Retired high school English and French teacher.
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2 Responses to Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  1. It’s been a while since I connected with King Arthur, thanks for the image of him grasping the sword!

  2. Sally MacDonald says:

    Bill I would really reconsider selling those beautiful and peaceful paintings. Give it some time.. You can change your mind and be happy you have them.. They are wonderful pcs.

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