"My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief,
Are mine alone!
The fire that on my bosom preys
Is lone as some volcanic isle;
No torch is kindled at its blaze -
A funeral pile!
The hope, the fear, the jealous care,
The exalted portion of the pain
And power of love, I cannot share,
But wear the chain."
- Lord George Gordon Byron, 'On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year'
'Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
"Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"
Was not spoken of the soul.'
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 'A Psalm Of Life'
--- On Wed, 4/14/10, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> "Image and Eternity" --
> Here's an image -- the last line of
> a poem I heard in dream:
> the yell of the flower found yellow --
> -- an image out of Spiritus Mundi !!!
> --- On Wed, 4/14/10, Ken Armstrong
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Nancy Gish wrote:
> > Plotinus said that eternity is in love with the
> productions of time. This is the conundrum in both
> Keats and Yeats because, as Carrol notes, the lovers will
> never grow old only because they will never live. From
> "The Stolen Child" through the last poems Yeats
> sets up a similar dialectic and irony. Because the
> price of being a golden bird is that there is only the love
> of real birds of which to sing--"birds in the trees/
> Those dying generations at their song." Byzantium
> is chosen not only because it is eternal but because
> "an aged man is but a paltry thing/ A tattered coat
> upon a stick" (i. e. a scarecrow). And what is
> there to do when the "masterful images"
> desert? "I must lie down where all the ladders
> start,/ In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the
> heart." Only in body and time is there a source
> for images of eternity--a paradox.
> Sorry, but how is that a paradox? //Where else do images (of anything) come from? F H
> Bradley titled his major work _Appearance and Reality_. It
> seems, in relationship, it could almost have been
> _Image and Eternity_. Hence, man is made in the image
> of God, etc.//
> Ken A