"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 !!! 
> CR
> --- 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