Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Thought of Beauty.....

 “Round and round they went with their snakes, snakily...” ― Aldous HuxleyBrave New World

 BEAUTY by Johns Galsworthy ( 1867-1933) (excerpts)
Beauty is an emotion  precious and uplifting.
 A choirboy's voice, a ship in sail,
 an opening flower, a town at night,
 the song of the blackbird, a lovely poem, 
 leaf shadows, a child's grace, 
 the Starry Skies, a cathedral
 apple tree in spring, a horse,

 sheep bells on a hill, a rippling stream
 a butterfly, the crescent moon......the thousand sights or words that evoke in us the thought of beauty.
 These are the drops of rain that keep the human spirit from death by drought.
 They are a stealing and a silent refreshment .
 The war brought a kind of revolt against beauty in art, literature, and music. 
 It will pass.
 How little savour there would be left in life if Beauty would be withdrawn.
 It is the smile on the earth's face...
 Open to all, and needs but the eyes to see, the mood to understand!
 BEAUTY by John Galsworthy from "1000 Beautiful Things, 1948" 
 John Galsworthy won the Nobel Prize in 1932, the year before he died.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lines Written....

 from "Lines Written a few Miles above Tintern Abbey" 
                                     (William Wordsworth 1770-1850)
"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility."
 For I have learned:
 to look on nature, not as in the hour
 of thoughtless youth, but hearing often-times the still,
 sad music of humanity,
 NOR the harsh NOR grating, though of ample power
 To chasten and subdue.
 And I have felt a PRESENCE that disturbs me with the JOY
 Of elongated thoughts; a sense of sublime
 of SOMETHING far more deeply interfused,
 Whose dwelling is the LIGHT of the setting suns,
 And the round ocean and the living air,
 And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
 A motion and a SPIRIT that impels
 All thinking things,all objects of ALL thought,
 And rolls through all things. Therefore, am I STILL
 A lover of the meadows and the woods and mountains; 
 and of ALL that we BEHOLD from this green earth.
From "1000 Beautiful Things 1948"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ten Most Beautiful Words

 "Ten of the most beautiful words: Beautiful in meaning and in the musical arrangement of their letters"-W.J. Funk (1883-1965)

 Last week before I take apart the pots.   Last of the blooms. Some of them, anyways.  There have been no words to describe the roses this year. Magical.
 Some will survive for a few more weeks. The Smoke Bush , these days, is frothy in its almost-fall-gear.
 Smokey still  hold vigil at the top of the hill.Like he does every summer. Well into fall. But the pots are slowly disintegrating. Against the sun. That hot hot sun.
 So many are still beautiful. Reminded me of something I read this week about beautiful words.....
  Between 1925 and 1940  Wilfred J Funk, poet, lexicographer and president of Funk and Wagnalls, made a list one summer of the ten most beautiful words in the English language.Words that flowed and generated an image along with the word. 
 He compiled the following TEN most BEAUTIFUL words .....


  “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”    ― Henry James
Photographs 2017. Quotes on W.J. Funk from "1000 beautiful things, 1948"