Friday, February 19, 2010

"Too Many Vampires"

tears on all our faces
singing the old songs

without accompaniment

the stain scratched away
the gray wood revealed

leopard-spot scrub mop

some have changed color, some have not

we were lovers for awhile
and then we weren't

tiny specks on the windshield
of what is not yet rain

a volume of water
crashing down

"The word 'medieval' derives from modern Latin 'medium ævum', first found in a Dutch humanist work of 1604; ævum is 'age', medius the adjective, 'middle'. in English, the Oxford English Dictionary's first recorded use of 'the middle age' is found in John Donne, who, in a sermon preached in Old St Paul's in 1621, mentions the scholastic theologians of 'the middle age'." --Michael Anderson- Medievalism (2007)

Rugby style (including music).

"The tripartite division of recorded history, to which Ruskin appeals, is enshrined in common use, and often taken as axiomatic. What is thought to be the first reference to the interval now called a middle age comes in a Latin poem, Africa, by Francesco Petrarca. Writing in 1341, the Italian humanist placed the end of antiquity and the beginning of a modern age at the point when Christianity was accepted in the Roman empire in the fourth century. Petrarch ended his poem: 'This sleep of forgetfulness will not last forever. When the darkness has been dispersed, our descendants can come again in the former pure radiance.' This is often taken as prophetic of 'The Renaissance', which, at the time that Ruskin was lecturing on medievalism in 1853, was a newish concept. The term had not yet been popularised by the French historian Jules Michelet." --ibid

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