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01/11/2018

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I had a Wordsworth pop into my mind as well, but a different one. He's arguably my favorite poet though, and I like this one too. I used it in an undergrad paper I wrote on the idea of solitude in Wordsworth.

For the record I don't find it silly. I think, rather, that our sensibilities have coarsened.

You're certainly right, Rob. I love this poem. The course I took was on Romantic English Poetry, so all of these poets are my favorites; Lord Byron, S.T. Coleridge, et al. But I think Wordsworth the best!

I don't like the other Romantics nearly as much, but for me John Clare (1793-1864) is right up there with WW, and in fact I like him better in some ways. I only discovered him in the past couple years, via Ronald Blythe.

WW is definitely not my favorite, though I do like his best work. Keats is my guy among the Romantics. I don't know Clare's work.

The Botanical Gardens here have an area with thousands of daffodils, and it is truly lovely. We usually get a bunch in the small wood by our house about this time of year, but I haven't seen anything so far. They come even in the snow, but maybe it's just been too cold.

AMDG

This is a poem that I like as well, especially the last stanza.

I don't think I've ever seen anything like that quantity. Sounds wonderful.

I'm glad Stu posted this because maybe I'll remember to go this year.

AMDG

Just found two interesting things on the Wordsworth Trust website. One is that it was his wife who wrote the lines "They flash upon that inward eye / Which is the bliss of solitude", and the other is that "I wandered lonely as a cloud" was parodied in a Heineken ad in the UK in the 1980s; it starts with him writing the first line as "I walked about a bit on my own..."

this is my favourite advertizement parody - it is a piece of opera, not a poem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvrFcpeZQ2g

Part of a series of ice cream adverts that was in turn parodied by a beer advert.

Those are all funny, but what really caught my interest is the woman who steals the beer in the last one. Who is she? Last night my wife and I were watching The Force Awakens (preparatory to going to see The Last Jedi soon, I hope). There's a scene toward the end where the Evils are preparing their new & improved Death Star, and for just a few seconds the camera focuses on one woman who gives some kind of status report. We both said "Who is she?" We've seen her in something else, most likely a British murder mystery. But we couldn't place her. Now today I see her again in that commercial...at least I think it's the same person....

She was Caroline Bingley in the A&E Pride and Prejudice.

AMDG

I don't think she was in The Force Awakens though.

AMDG

Yeah, it's not the same person. That is Anna Chancellor, whose filmography lists several things I've seen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Chancellor

I believe the one in Force Awakens is Kate Fleetwood, who also has been in several things I've seen. There's not a real close resemblance, but there's a rough one, and I guess I just recognize them both without being able to place them.

I can see the resemblance.

I really liked The Last Jedi.

AMDG

Thats a funny beer ad! I never sawthat one

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