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[Oct. 16th, 2004|03:46 pm]
marprelate
It's amazing how sometimes an exam can be better than you expect it to be. I didn't know that could happen. And it's the paper I least expected to like at the beginning of the year but - Restoration Lit has begun to grow on me. :)

Anyway. Post a piece of poetry in your journal if you should see this.

The Map

Land lies in water; it is shadowed green.
Shadows, or are they shallows, at its edges
showing the line of long sea-weeded ledges
where weeds hang to the simple blue from green.
Or does the land lean down to lift the sea from under,
drawing it unperturbed around itself?
Along the fine tan sandy shelf
is the land tugging at the sea from under?

The shadow of Newfoundland lies flat and still.
Labrador's yellow, where the moony Eskimo
has oiled it. We can stroke these lovely bays,
under a glass as if they were expected to blossom,
or as if to provide a clean cage for invisible fish.
The names of seashore towns run out to sea,
the names of cities cross the neighboring mountains
--the printer here experiencing the same excitement
as when emotion too far exceeds its cause.
These peninsulas take the water between thumb and finger
like women feeling for the smoothness of yard-goods.

Mapped waters are more quiet than the land is,
lending the land their waves' own conformation:
and Norway's hare runs south in agitation,
profiles investigate the sea, where land is.
Are they assigned, or can the countries pick their colors?
--What suits the character or the native waters best.
Topography displays no favorites; North's as near as West.
More delicate than the historians' are the map-makers' colors.


--Elizabeth Bishop</b>
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[User Picture]From: idlerat
2004-11-03 11:21 pm (UTC)
Hello! How can I resist someone named "Marprelate"? Are we the only people in HP fandom with a serious interest in the 16th century?

You're in India, too! Anyway, re-friended--welcome.
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[User Picture]From: marprelate
2004-11-04 03:39 am (UTC)
I know! I was so surprised when I tried for this username and then actually got it. Why does no one want to snap up an acerbic Elizabethan when they see one?

:)
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