On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven
Sweet sounds, oh, beautiful music, do not cease!
Reject me not into the world again.
With you alone is excellence and peace,
Mankind made plausible, his purpose plain.
Enchanted in your air benign and shrewd,
read the rest of this sonnet here.
You can read it here and listen to Beethoven's fifth symphony at the same time. Scroll down and start the player at the bottom of the page.
It is nearly impossible for me to drive well and safely with two children in the backseat at the end of a long day. We are all tired and hungry, the traffic is horrible, and the little boys cycle between rambunctious hilarity and screaming fits. It is all I can do to keep my mind and eye on the road. My strategy of late has been to threaten to turn off the radio if they don't keep quiet. Since they both love music that tends to tame them. The sounds of gospel praise music, jazz or classical symphonies keep us organized and in sync. Millay puts it this way:
" Enchanted in your air benign and shrewd,She could very well be speaking of the occupants of my Civic, although I doubt she envisioned it quite that way. Millay led a fascinating life. Read more of her poetry and biography at these links:
With limbs a-sprawl and empty faces pale,
The spiteful and the stingy and the rude
Sleep like the scullions in the fairy-tale."
Isle of Lesbos
List of poems
The Friday Poetry roundup is at Mentor Texts and More today. Go read!