Friday, September 17, 2010
Poetry Friday and Friday's Psalm
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
By Emily Dickinson
When I teach poetry, I almost always use this poem. I have to explain the meaning of frigate, traverse, coursers, frugal, and oppress. Then we discuss what she's saying. This is one of my favorite poems because of the role it gives books.
Books have truly been my passage to other worlds. I read my first 'classic' to get 'brownie points' with my high school English teacher my freshman year. It was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and it remains my all time favorite book. That book introduced me to the wild moors of England, tragic romance, the unique dialect of that region, and intricate words whose meanings broadened my own concepts.
Books are my haven in times of stress and turmoil. For a brief time, I can set aside my life's concerns and assume someone else's life. Lately I've been reading books that stretch my thoughts, cause me to reexamine areas in life, learn how to change those aspects in me that need adjustment, etc.
Then there's the most important book in my life: the Bible. I can't imagine not having the privilege to read it.
This is my contribution to Poetry Friday: If over at Emily's.
This is also Psalm Friday for me.
More of my mother's underlined segments of verses of Psalms:
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth . . .
Psalm 40: 2, 3
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God . . .
Why are thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
Psalm 42: 1, 2, and 5
From her fragile red Bible written in the Authorized King James Version
Blessing to you all as you enter the weekend. I will be extra-blessed as I am babysitting 3 of my son's 4 children overnight on Saturday.