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    Lol! Schiller talking to astronomers is a curiosity in itself.

    "Queen of the stars! so gentle, so benign," To The Moon - Rydal by William Wordsworth
    https://www.public-domain-poetry.com...oon-rydal-4630
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    Beautiful homage to the Moon. Rydal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rydal,_Cumbria

    "Reportless Subjects, to the Quick" - Emily Dickinson; Reportless Subjects, to the Quick... https://emily-dickinson-riddle.blogs...-people-4.html
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    Thanks for the opportune link, tailor. I was a bit puzzled by Rydal, but didnīt look it up.

    Enjoyed that homage to Andersenīs Fairy Tales!

    "Sing, Goddess, sing of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus—
    that murderous anger which condemned Achaeans
    to countless agonies and threw many warrior souls
    deep into Hades, leaving their dead bodies
    carrion food for dogs and birds—
    all in fulfilment of the will of Zeus.
    Start at the point where Agamemnon, son of Atreus,
    that king of men, quarrelled with noble Achilles.
    Which of the gods incited these two men to fight?
    That god was Apollo, son of Zeus and Leto.
    Angry with Agamemnon, he cast plague down
    onto the troops—deadly infectious evil.
    For Agamemnon had dishonoured the god’s priest,
    Chryses, who’d come to the ships to find his daughter,
    Chryseis, bringing with him a huge ransom.
    In his hand he held up on a golden staff
    the scarf sacred to archer god Apollo.
    He begged Achaeans, above all the army’s leaders,
    the two sons of Atreus:
    “Menelaus, Agamemnon, sons of Atreus,
    all you well-armed Achaeans, may the gods
    on Olympus grant you wipe out Priam’s city,
    and then return home safe and sound.
    Release my dear child to me. Take this ransom.
    Honour Apollo, far-shooting son of Zeus.”
    All the Achaeans roared out their support:
    “Respect the priest. Take the generous ransom.”
    Displeased, Agamemnon dismissed Chryses roughly:
    “Old man,
    don’t let me catch you by our hollow ships,
    sneaking back here today or later on.
    Homer, Iliad Excerpts 2
    Who cares about Apollo’s scarf and staff?
    I’ll not release the girl to you, no, not before
    she’s grown old with me in Argos, far from home,
    working the loom, sharing my bed. Go away.
    If you want to get home safely, don’t anger me.”
    The old man, afraid, obeyed his words, walked off in silence,
    along the shore by the tumbling, crashing surf.
    Some distance off, he prayed to lord Apollo,
    Leto’s fair-haired child:
    “God with the silver bow,
    protector of Chryse, sacred Cilla,
    mighty lord of Tenedos, Sminthean Apollo,
    hear my prayer: If I’ve ever pleased you
    with a holy shrine, or burned bones for you—
    bulls and goats well wrapped in fat—
    grant me my prayer. Force the Danaans
    to pay full price for my tears with your arrows.”
    So Chryses prayed. Phoebus Apollo heard him.
    He came down from Olympus top enraged,
    carrying on his shoulders bow and covered quiver,
    his arrows rattling in anger against his arm.
    So the god swooped down, descending like the night.
    He sat some distance from the ships, shot off an arrow—
    the silver bow reverberating ominously."
    From The Iliad by Homer http://people.uncw.edu/deagona/lit/Iliad%20excerpts.pdf
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    "To think that, as a boy of thirteen, I would grapple" - Paul Muldoon; Pineapples And Pomegranates... https://www.poetrycat.com/paul-muldo...d-pomegranates
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    Enjoyed the provocative contrasts Paul Muldoon establishes between pineapple and pomegranate.

    "Uncle Sidney, when he wuz here," The Squirtgun Uncle Maked Me by James Whitcomb Riley
    https://www.public-domain-poetry.com...maked-me-29431
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    Enjoyable vernacular poem (tough in bits). Didn't know one could make squirt guns with bits of elderberry wood. Also took me down the path to the history of the Super Soaker

    "Voltaire, our England's lover, man divine" - Algernon Charles Swinburne; Lucifer... https://www.poetrycat.com/algernon-c...nburne/lucifer
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    Does really Voltaire deserve all this?

    "We’d rather have the iceberg than the ship,". The Imaginary Iceberg by Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)
    https://www.thepoetryhour.com/poems/...ginary-iceburg
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    re: Voltaire... most curious. I found the following by Hugo: https://www.angelfire.com/mn3/mixed_...o_voltaire.htm

    "Icebergs behoove the soul
    (both being self-made from elements least visible)
    to see them so: fleshed, fair, erected indivisible." - wonderful thoughts by Elizabeth Bishop.

    Poem by poet whose name starts with "X" ...

    "Deep in spring, the rain's passed- West Lake is good." - Ouyang Xiu; Deep in Spring, the Rain's Passed (Picking Mulberries)... http://www.chinese-poems.com/oyx2.html
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    Loved this vehement praise of Voltaire by Victor Hugo!

    Lovely poem. Reminded me of angliholic.

    "Ye people of Ireland, both country and city," A New Song On Wood's Halfpence by Jonathan Swift
    https://www.public-domain-poetry.com...alfpence-36071
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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    Interesting historical poem; found this background... https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2018/0...r-on-currency/

    "zippity-do-dah" - Steve Patterson; Zippity-Do-Dah... https://www.authorsden.com/visit/vie...&AuthorID=6362
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    Congrats for still finding poems with first line beginning with "z". My full support for the chorded mouse.

    "AT VILLAGE lived, in days of yore," Azolan by Voltaire
    https://allpoetry.com/Azolan.
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    Enjoyed... had to use a different link: https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/azolan

    "Beyond all this, the wish to be alone:" - Philip Larkin; Wants... http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets...in/poems/14583
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    Philip Larkins poem Wants _ Ai!


    "camouflage" -camouflage cat by Constance La France
    https://www.poetrysoup.com/poems/calico_cat
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    Loved the alliteration

    "Draw a crazy picture." - Shel Silverstein; Put Something In... https://allpoetry.com/Put-Something-In
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    Loved that Shel Silverstein poem!

    "Earliest morning, switching all the". Love Lies Sleeping by Elizabeth Bishop

    https://www.thepoetryhour.com/poems/love-lies-sleeping
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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