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Today, @lizardking  posted a poem he wrote to 'cecelia.' This reminded me of one of my favourite poems of my childhood: 'Song to Celia' by Ben Jonson. I suppose his poems are now in the public domain, so I am quoting it here:

 

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
         And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
         And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
         Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
         I would not change for thine.
 
I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
         Not so much honouring thee
As giving it a hope, that there
         It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
         And sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,

          Not of itself, but thee.

 

 

 

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Perhaps as this thread continues to lengthen it shall feature other such poems that have influenced my life and writing. Hope you enjoy this journey as I foresee myself sharing my travels in poetry with you. Cheers, Rik.

 

 

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  • 1613

    William Shakespeare: Fire destroys the Globe Theatre during a performance of Henry VIII when cannon fire sets fire to the thatched roof [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1729

    Edward Taylor: On the 29th of June 1729 Taylor passes away in Westfield, Massachusetts [Westfield, Massachusetts, United States]

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  • 1703

    John Wesley: On the 28th of June, 1703 John Wesley is born in Epworth, Lincolnshire [Epworth, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom]

  • 1934

    Kenneth Patchen: Patchen married Miriam Oikemus in Sharon, Pennsylvania in 1934. [Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States]
     

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  • 1634

    Richard Lovelace: On June the 27th of June 1634 Lovelace matriculates as Gentleman Commoner at Gloucester Hall, Oxford [Oxford, United Kingdom]

  • 1872

    Paul Laurence Dunbar: On June the 27th 1872 Paul Laurence Dunbar is born in Dayton, Ohio [Dayton, Ohio, United States]
     

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  • 1872

    Walt Whitman: Invited to Dartmouth College to give the commencement address on June the 26th 1872 [Hanover, United States]

  • 1916

    Carl Sandburg: On the 26th of June 1916 Sandburg's daughter Janet is born [Harbert, Michigan, United States]

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Today in history 1895 Khalil

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  • 1895

    Khalil Gibran: With her husband imprisoned, Gibran's mother decided to follow her brother to America. In 1895 they set sail for New York. [Lebanon]

  • 1903

    George Orwell: On the 25th of June 1903 George Orwell is born in Motihari, India [Motihari, India]
     

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  • 1842

    Ambrose Bierce: Ambrose Bierce was born in 1842 in Ohio. His parents were poor but literary and gave Bierce a love of books very early on in life. [Meigs County, Ohio, United States]

  • 1870

    Adam Lindsay Gordon: On the 24th of June 1870 Adam Lindsay Gordon passes away [Brighton, Australia]

 

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Today in history 1813 Percy

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  • 1813

    Percy Bysshe Shelley: Shelley's first daughter was born but he was increasingly unhappy in the marriage, and began spending more time away from home. [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1870

    Adam Lindsay Gordon: Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes is published in June 1870 [Melbourne, Australia]

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  • 1664

    Katherine Philips: On the 22nd of June 1664 Katherine Philips passes away [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1888

    Alan Seeger: On the 22nd of June 1888 Alan Seeger is born in New York [New York, United States]

  • 1942 Happy birthday in heaven, dad.

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  • 1529

    John Skelton: On June the 21st, 1529 John Skelton passes away in London, United Kingdom [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1642

    Richard Lovelace: On the 21st of June 1642 Lovelace is released on bail [London, United Kingdom]

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  • 1743

    Anna Laetitia Barbauld: On the 20th of June 1743 Anna Laetitia Barbauld is born [Kibworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom]

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1577 St John of the Cross: On
  • 1577

    St John of the Cross: On June the 18th 1577 Ormaneto passes away leaving St John of the Cross without protection [Fontiveros, Ávila, Spain]

  • 1803

    William Wordsworth: John Wordsworth is born on the 18th of June 1803 [Cockermouth, Cumberland, United Kingdom]

 

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1719 Joseph Addison: On the
  • 1719

    Joseph Addison: On the 17th of June 1719 Joseph Addison passes away at the age of 48 [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1783

    Samuel Johnson: On the 17th of June 1783 Johnson suffers a stroke [London, United Kingdom]

 

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  • 1313

    Giovanni Boccaccio: On June the 16th 1313 Giovanni Boccaccio is born in Certaldo, Italy [Certaldo, Italy]

  • 1956

    Sylvia Plath: Marries Ted Hughes on June the 16th 1956 [London, United Kingdom]

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Kobayashi Issa: On June the

Kobayashi Issa: On June the 15th, 1763 Kobayashi Issa is born [Shinano, Nagano, Japan]

He is regarded as one of the four haiku masters in Japan, along with Basho, Shiki and Buson.

 

The pheasant cries
as if it just noticed
the mountain.

 

 

Even on the smallest islands,
they are tilling the fields,
skylarks singing.

 

 

 

This moth saw brightness
in a woman's chamber--
burnt to a crisp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today, the 13th of

Today, the 13th of June,

 

  • 1850

    Alfred Lord Tennyson: On the 13th of June 1850 Tennyson marries Emily Sellwood [Shiplake, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom]

  • 1865

    William Butler Yeats: William Butler Yeats was born in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland in 1865. His father wanted to be a painter and his mother came from a wealthy family. [Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland]

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Well, What do you know!

Well, what do you know!  Ben Jonson: On the 11th of June 1572 Ben Jonson is born in London [London, United Kingdom] and oddly enough, on this date 400 some years later: Rainer Maria Rilke: On June the 11th 1919 Rilke travels from Munich to Switzerland [Munich, Germany].

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