It is said the city was spared a golden-oak period because its residents, lacking money to buy the popular atrocities of the ninet...ies, necessarily clung to their rosewood and mahogany.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Who wants always to look at a cafe or an altar or an oak tree with the first innocence and the limited understanding of a naive lo...vesick girl, or a born-again Byron? Five minutes or five centuries from now, we will see changeless realities with new eyes, and the sounds of sheep bleating and a new child's wail will be the same but heard through new ears. How can we pretend to be changeless, then?... Is it wrong to see the phony, painted mushroom-bollard on the quay and accept it, as part of the whole strong song that keeps on singing there, in spite of wars and movies and the turtling-on of time?LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Fear no more the heat o' the sun Nor the furious winter's rages;... Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages; Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
Fear no more the frown o' the great, Thou art past the tyrant's stroke; Care no more to clothe and eat, To thee the reed is as the oak: The sceptre, learning, physic, must All follow this and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning flash, Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone; Fear not slander, censure rash; Thou hast finished joy and moan: All lovers young, all lovers must Consign to thee and come to dust.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
All children's books are about ideals. Adult fiction sets out to portray and then explain the world as it really is; books for chi...ldren present it as it should be. Child readers come to them hoping for a certain amount of instruction, but chiefly for stories in which the petty restrictions of ordinary life are removed: they want to encounter people who can fly, geese that lay golden eggs, frogs that turn into princes, spaceships piloted by children, anything that measures up to their ideals of adventure and imagination. Adults, on the other hand, are more likely to want to feed the children a set of moral examples. By all means, let them have their fun, but the opportunity of providing models of ideal behaviour is not to be wasted.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
We can show you where he lies, Fleet of foot and tall of size;... We can show the marks he made When 'gainst the oak his antlers fray'd; You shall see him brought to bay; Waken, lords and ladies gay.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
This is mere madness, And thus a while the fit will work on him.... Anon, as patient as the female dove When that her golden couplets are disclosed, His silence will sit drooping.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing, All alone stood it and the moss hung down from the branches,... Without any companion it grew there uttering joyous leaves of dark green, And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of myself, But I wonder'd how it could utter joyous leaves standing alone there without its friend near, for I knew I could not,LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »