EASTER
 
the holiday commemorates resurrection
 
 
Vintage Easter greeting card detail. (Corbis)
bunnies and eggs
 
In the headlong rush that seems to be 2008, "Easter" comes next Sunday, March 23.
The last time the bunny came hippity-hopping on March 23 was back in 1913.
 
Chocolate bunnies
 
http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/91171
 
the all-important fertile egg
 
flowers, especially lilies
 
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The Ultimate Easter Eggs
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/16/neggs116.xml
 
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The Christian adoption of fertility symbols such as eggs and rabbits
would seem to lend support to a fertility goddess's name
as the root word of Easter.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg
 
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Incidentally
in 'A Cooking Egg'
at the age of thirty,
three years after his marriage,
the poet likens himself to a cooking egg,
i.e. an egg which has become stale,
precluding the possibility of hatching into a new life,
so that it can only be used to appease hunger.
To the poet, it seems to represent
his present state of debasement.
It indicates to him the loss
of his childhood world
of Edenic innocence,
'the penny world',
"perpetually lost and perpetually sought for",
as also the loss of hope of spiritual regeneration.
 
That's an old story, though.
 
CR
 


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