ne of the first poems I memorised was Robert Burns' A Red, Red Rose:
O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry:
Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.
And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile.
I've memorised a few because I loved them so much; this one was initially memorised for school, though I do like it. I can't remember why this poem, though. Did I choose it? Did a teacher pick it for me? Later on I had to learn Blake's Tyger Tyger, as well. Which poems have you memorised and how did you select them?
This Friday is Burns' Day, the 254th anniversary of the poet's birth. Raise a dram or toast a haggis!
The other day, the BBC reported that a Scottish researcher who discovered seven Burns manuscripts - including letters between the poet and his close friends - in 2010 inside a study of Burns' works, will present the findings of his research at Glasgow University's Burns Conference.
I've always wanted to discover letters or other writings from my favourite authors. Imagine buying one of Tolkien's houses and finding something behind the wallpaper or elsewhere? I've daydreamed about visiting, in England, a random car boot sale (like a garage sale, but located in a field or parking lot, with everyone selling their wares from the trunks of their cars) and finding Canadian artist and author Emily Carr's lost journal from her time in a sanatorium in England.
Meanwhile, on the first night of the return of hockey, astronaut Commander Hadfield tweeted this amazing photo of Montreal at night:
My house is kind of in the middle left...
Also meanwhile, I'm still playing catch up. Lots of editing still to do (ROW80!), to meet my 10 February goal, and lots of bloggers still to visit, including:
Tiffany Allee, who has new books out!
Carole Anne Carr, who's going to release her latest book, Snakeskin and Failed Feathers, as an e-serial before its publication!
Carrie Anne Brownian, who talks typography! Whenever I get really bored by the available choices, or I need that extra bit of motivation to edit, I switch to Tolkien font:
And... Author Jay Lake! I haven't read any of his stuff yet. But I got involved, as I do many things recently, one night on Twitter when Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill and others were talking about the Acts of Whimsy fundraiser to help fund Lake's advanced cancer treatment/genetic testing.
About two minutes after my donation went through (I really want to hear Neil Gaiman cover a Magnetic Fields song on ukulele), PayPal started a kerfuffle by denying Lake access to the funds. Eventually, it all worked out. In the process, I discovered a new author and got to see all kinds of acts of whimsy, including Scalzi singing a "lost" Bob Dylan song. I've only read one Scalzi story so far, Old Man's War, which I'd heartily recommend, and which leads me to, once again, cry out "So many books, not enough time!"
But I'm reading Helene Boudreau's Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels at the moment (review and interview coming soon!) and loving it, and rereading the fifth book of the History of Middle-earth and wishing, all over again, that I lived in England in the 1920s/30s.
What books have you been making time for?
Books I'm Reading and Finished Books
- The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
- Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
- Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
- ***Reading At Intervals***
- Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
- Burning Sky by Lori Benton
- 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
- Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
- Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
- The Jerusalem Bible
- ***Finished Books***
- Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
- Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
- beta read (Born to Run by RB)
- The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
- The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
- Android's Dream by John Scalzi
- The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
- Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
- Miniatures by John Scalzi
- Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
- Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
- All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
- Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
- Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
- The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
- MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
- The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
- The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
- betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
- The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
- various haiku by R. Wodaski
- ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
- see the 2016 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2016/12/annual-books-read-statistics-2016.html
- see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
- see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
- see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
- see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
- see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
- see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
- see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
- see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
- also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
- see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
- also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
- also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html