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Post by Nedge » September 1st, 2018, 7:33 am

Since I have been feeling all eternally autumnal lately, and there are no public domain poems on pumpkin spice, I thought of this poem by William Cullen Bryant. It has been read before in various collections, but I don't believe it has been read as a Weekly selection.

Here is the link (page 153):

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16341/16341-h/16341-h.htm

TO THE FRINGED GENTIAN.
Thou blossom bright with autumn dew,
And coloured with the heaven's own blue,
That openest when the quiet light
Succeeds the keen and frosty night.

Thou comest not when violets lean
O'er wandering brooks and springs unseen,
Or columbines, in purple dressed,
Nod o'er the ground-bird's hidden nest.

Thou waitest late and com'st alone,
When woods are bare and birds are flown,
And frosts and shortening days portend
The aged year is near his end.

Then doth thy sweet and quiet eye
Look through its fringes to the sky,
Blue—blue—as if that sky let fall
A flower from its cerulean wall.

I would that thus, when I shall see
The hour of death draw near to me,
Hope, blossoming within my heart,
May look to heaven as I depart.

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Post by aradlaw » September 1st, 2018, 5:35 pm

Thank you for the suggestion Nan, excellent for starting September 23 (Autumn Equinox )
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Post by aradlaw » September 7th, 2018, 10:14 am

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Post by msfry » September 30th, 2018, 8:21 pm

I'd like to suggest this poem as a Fortnightly, and can BC it when a slot comes open. It is from the The Book of American Negro Poetry, pub. 1922, link here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11986

The Rubinstein Staccato Etude

R. Nathaniel Dett (1882–1943)

Staccato! Staccato!
Leggier agitato!
In and out does the melody twist—
Unique proposition
Is this composition.
(Alas! for the player who hasn't the wrist!)
Now in the dominant
Theme ringing prominent,
Bass still repeating its one monotone,
Double notes crying,
Up keyboard go flying,
The change to the minor comes in like a groan.
Without a cessation
A chaste modulation
Hastens adown to subdominant key,
Where melody mellow-like
Singing so 'cello-like
Rises and falls in a wild ecstasy.
Scarce is this finished
When chords all diminished
Break loose in a patter that comes down like rain,
A pedal-point wonder
Rivaling thunder.
Now all is mad agitation again.
Like laughter jolly
Begins the finale;
Again does the 'cello its tones seem to lend
Diminuendo ad molto crescendo.
Ah! Rubinstein only could make such an end!
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Post by Algy Pug » September 30th, 2018, 8:39 pm

msfry wrote:
September 30th, 2018, 8:21 pm
I'd like to suggest this poem as a Fortnightly, and can BC it when a slot comes open. It is from the The Book of American Negro Poetry, pub. 1922, link here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11986

The Rubinstein Staccato Etude

R. Nathaniel Dett (1882–1943)
For those who may be interested here is a link to a recording of this piano piece:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZNAj-xlkkk

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Post by aradlaw » October 2nd, 2018, 2:46 pm

msfry wrote:
September 30th, 2018, 8:21 pm
I'd like to suggest this poem as a Fortnightly, and can BC it when a slot comes open. It is from the The Book of American Negro Poetry, pub. 1922, link here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11986

The Rubinstein Staccato Etude
Hi Michele, you can start this one up this coming Sunday if you wish.
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Post by msfry » October 2nd, 2018, 2:57 pm

Will do, David. Thanks. And thanks, Algy, for that link. Amazing piece.
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Post by Veggrower » October 6th, 2018, 3:48 am

Would this seasonal poem be OK for either a Weekly or Fortnightly:

https://archive.org/details/balladsandsongs00capeuoft/page/114

"An Autumn Invitation", by Edward Capern, the "Postman Poet" of Bideford, Devon (1819-1894)

It's taken from his "Ballads and Songs", published in 1859.

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Post by aradlaw » October 6th, 2018, 8:32 am

Excellent suggestion Garth, it's in the lineup.
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Post by Veggrower » October 7th, 2018, 8:25 am

Thanks, David

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Post by MalathyDjeacoumar » October 8th, 2018, 2:21 pm

aradlaw wrote:
September 7th, 2018, 10:14 am
Replied here.
I Dont Know from what to record, and where to post the recording. Could anyone help...

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Post by annise » October 8th, 2018, 4:38 pm

First fix up your test recording. Just click on the link you were given, see the quote in your post

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Post by msfry » October 11th, 2018, 8:45 pm

Here's an interesting sci-fi sonnet I ran across for some possible time in the future:

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/newcastle/blazing/blazing.html

Margaret Cavendish's book, "Blazing World" (in the LV collection) is a fanciful depiction of a satirical, utopian kingdom in another world that can be reached via the North Pole. It is "the only known work of utopian fiction by a woman in the 17th century, as well as an example of what we now call 'proto-science fiction'. The book inspired a notable sonnet by her husband, William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which celebrates her imaginative powers, and was included in her book. ~ Summary from Wikipedia

To The Duchesse of Newcastle, On Her New Blazing-World.

Our Elder World, with all their Skill and Arts,
Could but divide the World into three Parts:
Columbus, then for Navigation fam'd,
Found a new World, America 'tis nam'd;
Now this new World was found, it was not made,
Onely discovered, lying in Time's shade.
Then what are You, having no Chaos found
To make a World, or any such least ground?
But your Creating Fancy, thought it fit
To make your World of Nothing, but pure Wit.
Your Blazing-World, beyond the Stars mounts higher,
Enlightens all with a Cœlestial Fier.

William Newcastle.
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Post by Carolin » October 31st, 2018, 4:38 am

im stumbling across one that would be cool to do for mothers day next year
https://archive.org/details/mymother00zimm
(id do the whole book as one poem) :)
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