About: The Muse

   My two most favorite books in the world remain my English and American literature textbooks. Within those pages are some of the most beautiful words ever written. Oh, by the way, most of them rhyme.

   You just wouldn’t think an old hard core newspaper editor would find themselves nonplussed at the prospect of having to write outside the bounds of iambic pentameter. However, that is my story. From the days of my early education through today, the majority of my thoughts come in rhyme, so deeply ingrained is the love of this artform. How did it get to be so? When and, more particularly, how did this love affair begin? Through the pages of this log, I hope to answer that question in hopes of finding the answer to a much more pressing question. Why has the majority of our youth today fallen out of love with this glorious form of expression?  How do we enamour them? Shouldn’t we try to spark them?

   I am no teacher of young people. It may also be argued, as I’m sure it will be at some point along the way in these posts, that I am no poet either. You might call me the Paula Deen of poetry, only because I’m Southern born and bred, I love the genre I’ve chosen to talk about, and hopefully I’m offering a new spin on some old ideas. I, too, live along the banks of a beautiful lake that was born from the Texas Colorado River and is teeming with beauty ~ my muse. From time to time I will share some pictures of and poetry about it.

   Meanwhile, if you will just open your books to page 367 of your Adventures in English Literature and read the first eight lines of Intimations of Immortality by Mr. William Wordsworth. If the emotion of a memory can transcend Time, it’s time to bring poetry back into that mix:

 

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;

The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,

Hath had elsewhere it’s setting,

And cometh from afar;

Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness,

But trailing clouds of glory do we come

From God, who is our home.”

 

Thanks for visiting my blog. Come back often.

 

~ L

 

Published on March 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

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