Monday, February 25, 2008

Where Have I Been???

Have you missed me? Where have I been? Poor Jack's sweet face above, a picture taken as he's crying to me for attention, (be sure to click on it for a close up) clearly expresses my sorrow in not being able to write on my blog! It's killing me not being able to spend time talking about things I love and sharing with you the latest succulents I've added to my garden.

I told you in the beginning, that I am back in college, College of the Canyons to be exact. I'm taking two classes, Anthropology 101 and British Literature 1. The British Lit. class is killing me. The work is unbelievable, on top of the fact that I found out it's an 8 week course, not a 16 week course. I'm freaking out! My professors syllabus is ridiculous and I'm working with her to try and make it more reasonable. It really should be a 16 week course, as I thought it was in the first place.

Okay, so I had some fun picking a poem for my latest homework in the class today. We're into 17th century literature at this point, and I picked Andrew Marvell's lusty, "To His Coy Mistress." Ooh-La-La! I think I have a thing for lusty "carpe diem," i.e., "seize the day" poems. I have to share this one with you, which has crazy metaphors in an attempt to persuade his "Coy Mistress" to hurry up and go to bed with him already:

To His Coy Mistress
by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

HAD we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, Lady, were no crime
We would sit down and think which way
To walk and pass our long love's day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side 5
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews. 10
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast, 15
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, Lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate. 20
But at my back I always hear
Time's wing├Ęd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found, 25
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song: then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust: 30
The grave 's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires 35
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapt power. 40
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun 45
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

What did you think of his references to her decaying body in her tomb? What a nut! I think if I were this lady, I would have been cracking up! I'm not sure yet whether I would have given in or not. He seems like he might be a lot fun though...hee-hee! Like I sad, "What a nut!"

On to succulents:

So I've added some more plants to my garden. I've got a bunch to blog about, but no time. I have to get all their scientific information together. I will be starting with my "rock-like" plants first and then working my way back. I've a ton to catch up on. Above is my growing "indoor" succulent garden, and below is the plants I will blog on tomorrow, if everything goes right!


Donna said...

Awww, sweet Jack! He looks so lovable.

I don't know about that guy...he seems creepy to me. I've been reading the middle English link that you emailed me and um...they're all so lustful.

Julie said...

I have always been fascinated by liturature...sometimes I buy, (or get free)liturature textbooks, just to read a poem or short story before bed! LOL.
Good luck with your classes! How exciting! I miss college days...maybe I should sign up for a class...youv'e got me thinking!!!

Kelly said...

Yeah Donna, the more I think about it, I would be a bit concerned if a guy started talking about my demise, especially in this day and age, but this was characteristic in metaphysical type poetry. Some of it was very hard edge. Even the poetic meter was edgy (sp?) and irregular, not not smooth and flowing. When you think about it, these folks were facing death daily. Heck, you couldn't say "boo" about the Queen without losing and ear, and don't think about stilling that apple even if you are starving, 'cause you're going to hang or lose your head for that! Death was a constant thing. A very creepy era to be a part of!

Yes Julie, school is great, but overwhelming. Still, I'm surprised by how much I've learned. I love taking classes and I would love to take some non-college classes in a craft of some sort. I thought of taking a cermaic class to make some pots for me plants, hee-hee! (Want to join me Donna at GCC)?

Donna said...

Kelly, that sounds fun. I took ceramic for 3 years and I loved it. I never quite got the hang of the pottery wheel, but I was pretty good at making the decorative hand made pots. I think my mother still has some of the pieces I made.