"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing, as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.

[dance, love: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, quote]

Posted by missevita on 04.17.2009

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I have read critics who point to bishop's rhymes as simplistic and somewhat childish but this refrain, especially as it relates to music and lust, seems very appropriate. giving melody and energy ... I am in need of music that would flow Over my fretful, feeling fingertips, Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips, With melody, deep, clear, and liquid-slow. Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low, Of some song sung to rest the tired dead, A song to fall like water on my head, And over quivering limbs, dream flushed to glow! ...

[music, poetry, criticism: Elizabeth Bishop, "I Am in Need of Music" Sonnet]

Posted by missevita on 03.24.2009

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