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
- Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
- The Return of the Shadow - Book 6 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- ***Reading At Intervals***
- Stories in Words by C S Lewis
- Poison by Bridget Zinn
- Medieval Comic Tales (Folio Society edition)
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
- Shadow Show (Anthology in Honour of Ray Bradbury, including Neil Gaiman!)
- Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
- The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
- Warriors (anthology) edited by George R. R. Martin and G. Dozois (featuring a new Lord John story by Diana Gabaldon)
- The Jerusalem Bible
- ***Finished Books***
- Acquainted With the Night by Rober Frost (read by Amanda Palmer) (here: http://amandapalmer.net/blog/20120510/)
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread)
- Star Trek Book of Opposites (board book)
- Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch
- Causeries: l'Etat Civil du Comte de Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (essay)
- Le Comte de Monte-Cristo par Alexandre Dumas
- About the B'nai Bagels by E. L. Konigsburg
- Parragon's Encyclopedia of Animals a Family Reference Guide (skimmed)
- Throwing Shadows by E. L. Konigsburg
- The Devil on the Staircase by Joe Hill (short story)
- Horns by Joe Hill
- Altogether One at a Time by E. L. Konigsburg
- Orders From Berlin by Simon Tolkien
- The King of Diamonds by Simon Tolkien
- Quick Fix by Linda Grimes (arc!)
- Jack Absolute by C. C. Humphreys
- The Lost Road - Book 5 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- The Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester
- Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien (short story) (reread)
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread)
- Sandman: Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
- secret beta read!
- An Easter Walk by Zan Marie Steadham (reread)
- Celtic Myths and Legends by Mike Dixon-Kennedy (reread) (skimmed)
- Rainy Days with Bear by Maureen Hull
- Down to a Sunless Sea by Neil Gaiman (short story) (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/down-sunless-sea-neil-gaiman-short-story)
- Sandman: Prologues and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
- Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, the Music edition
- The Circus by Emma Trevayne (short story) (http://the-cabinet-of-curiosities.blogspot.ca/2013/03/the-circus-by-emma-trevayne.html)
- Ghost Stories of Canada (compilation) (read a few)
- Red Shoes and Doll Parts by Claire Legrand (short story (available at: http://the-cabinet-of-curiosities.blogspot.ca/2013/02/red-shoes-and-doll-parts-by-claire.html)
- In A Fix by Linda Grimes
- A Calendar of Tales by Neil Gaiman
- It Came from the Far Side by Gary Larson
- Boy O'Boy by Brian Doyle
- Mary Ann Alice by Brian Doyle (so sweet! I wish there was a sequel)
- The Man Who Loved Flowers by Stephen King (short story) (reread)
- Celtic Myths and Legends by (forgot) (skimmed)
- Night Surf by Stephen King (short story) (reread)
- On This Day I Complete My Thirty-sixth Year by Lord Byron (poem)
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King (brilliant)
- When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak
- All My Life Before Me - the diary of C. S. Lewis (finally! after 15 years!)
- The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
- The Cake Made Out of Teeth by Claire Legrand (short story) (READ IT! Here: http://the-cabinet-of-curiosities.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-cake-made-out-of-teeth-by-claire.html)
- Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (wonderful!)
- Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels by Helene Boudreau (ARC)
- The Great Explorers (Folio Society edition) (skimmed)
- The Shaping of Middle-Earth - Book 4 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
- Medieval Civilisation by Jacques le Goff (skimmed)
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (sooo many questions!)
- Highland Moonlight by Teresa J. Reasor (skimmed very fast)
- Not So Funny When It Happened (a travel humour anthology; I read a few of the essays, specifically by Douglas Adams, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, Anne Lamott, etc.)
- Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper (reread)
- Greenwitch by Susan Cooper (reread)
- The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis (reread)
- Emerson (bits and pieces of his essays on his travels through England and Scotland; read aloud to me)
- The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
- Old Man's War by John Scalzi
- The Cove by Ron Rash
- 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