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  • Why You Should Ignore the Rule to Never End a Sentence With a Preposition

    05/18/2019 5:30:39 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 82 replies
    Coles And Lopez ^ | 5/22/17 | India Lopez
    If you watch House of Cards, you might remember this scene from season one. (Warning: it contains the C-bomb, so don’t watch it if you’ll be offended by that!) The joke is based on an entirely false grammar rule: “Thou shalt not end a sentence with a preposition.” Prepositions, remember, are words that describe the position of one thing in relation to another: at, to, in, of, about, from, above, etc. So you’ll hear people trying to obey this “rule” by saying things like this: To what are you referring? (instead of What are you referring to?) There is...
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... April, May and June 2019

    04/01/2019 6:53:58 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 492 replies
    April 1, 2019 | Meg33; The Major, Trisham, JustAmy
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • Descriptive Poetry

    02/23/2019 7:31:55 PM PST · by txnativegop · 8 replies
    me | February 23 2019 | Me
    Two descriptive poems that highlight our foes: Libertine Imbecile Boorish Elfish Reprobate Arrogant Louse Prevaricate Recreant Obdurate Gauche Rapscallion Effrontery Scapegrace Scurrilous Importunate Vagarious Errant
  • Our Hawaii Trip, Part 2

    02/16/2019 5:34:20 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 16 replies
    The Happy Wanderer | Saturday | blueunicorn6
    Comes the time on your flight to Hawaii where they ask you that all important question. “Is it faster by bus or by Schenectady?” No. A good question, though. “Are you trying to bring fruit into Hawaii?” There are a lot of things that I worry about. Like, “I wonder if the dogs ate the dog sitter?” “If Joy Behar talked in a forest, and no one was there, would a tree fall over from the stupid?” “How do chickens kiss?” You know, big important stuff. I have never worried about being called a “mule” for the big fruit cartels,...
  • Our Hawaii Vacation

    02/09/2019 5:15:32 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 61 replies
    A Wandering Star | Saturday | blueunicorn6
    We decided (by “We” I mean my wife) that we should celebrate our Son’s big achievement. He got out of bed before noon. No. He graduated. I know. We were all kind of surprised. We needed an appropriate reward, but Miss Oregon was already taken, so we thought a trip would be nice. Yeah. A good trip. A trip to the big luau. That’s right. Seattle. Turns out the whole city was booked up. They were having a coffee stirrers convention or something. You know, I applied for one of those, what do they call them, bannisters, job. You know....stirring...
  • Ode to Bacon

    01/26/2019 7:55:51 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 17 replies ^ | 5/16/16 | Thomas W. Quigley
    Ode to Bacon O thee I praise, and I sure ain’t fakin’ The fairest ether of carnal substance, our bacon! That unctuous crunch so satisfying I can already hear my fat cells sighing Yea, about you there’s not one thing faulty You make fried eggs so impeccably salty A special treat from the Lord, yes I dig Which is why he hid you inside a pig Kindly don’t regard me a barbarian, But you’re proof that God's no vegetarian There is no shame in how I thee adore I’d even pick you up after six seconds on the floor Sweet...
  • "The Vine and the Oak" by Henry Livingston, Jr. (1786)

    01/21/2019 12:36:39 PM PST · by mairdie · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1786 | Henry Livingston
    Byron Nilsson's narration comes from Major Henry Livingston's 1786 poem in his Poetry Manuscript Book. The published version seen is from the Feb 1791 version, which Henry published in the New-York Magazine. This is one of Professor Mac Jackson's favorite Henry poems. I tried Byron's narration out on Major Bradley Van Deusen's army poetry (Old Soldiers' Drums, 1933), but it didn't work out. "Incident" was the best of his tries. I need to find a narrator who understands and appreciates the military. Major Van Deusen was Major Livingston's 4th great grandson, an army poet, and part of the New York...
  • "Adventures of an American Eagle" by Henry Livingston, Jr. (1822)

    01/11/2019 3:07:04 PM PST · by mairdie · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 20, 1822 | Henry Livingston
    Henry Livingston writes from the point of view of a lump of gold in the ground, which is then turned into a gold American Eagle coin.
  • "Scots Wha Hae Wie Wallace Bled" by Henry Livingston, Jr. (1827)

    01/09/2019 1:59:28 PM PST · by mairdie · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1827 | Henry Livingston
    Just as we do on these threads, Henry changed the words to "Scots What Hae Wie Wallace Bled," and wrote them in his daughter Jane's Poetry Manuscript Book the year before he died. The "forefather" shown is the Frans Hals portrait of Henry's gg-grandfather, Rev. John Livingston, who interviewed Charles II when he would have landed in Scotland, then had to flee for his life to Holland, when he wouldn't agree that the anniversary of that landing was a religious holy day. FYI, someone at Paramount has discovered my Trump video of Nessun Dorma manually and blocked it worldwide, even...
  • "Timmy" by Henry Livingston, Jr. (7 Dec 1785) to "Lovely Nancy" and illustrated by postcards

    01/06/2019 10:16:06 AM PST · by mairdie · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7 Dec 1785 | Henry Livingston
    Timmy Dwight was the son of Rev. Dr. Timothy Dwight, a president of Yale University and the first cousin of Henry's first wife Sarah. From Don Foster's "Author Unknown": Much of the Major's poetry was written for children and never gathered or published. One compassionate lyric from the 1780s is addressed to a young second cousin, Timmy Dwight, a boy as "Blythe as Oberon the fairy." Harry urges the lad to party hard on his birthday, to fill his "cormorantal belly" with hasty-puddings and "charming jelly." Fun stuff, fun poetry. You can't read Major Henry Livingston Jr. and not love...
  • "Letter to Mistress Van Kleeck" by Henry Livingston (Jany 1787) to Richard Sheridan's "Ah, Sure"

    01/05/2019 12:49:07 PM PST · by mairdie · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1787 | Henry Livingston
    One of my absolute favorites. Henry's sister Cornelia, Mistress Van Kleeck, four years his younger, most likely told Henry this story, which he then turned into a humorous poem about her tenant's excuse for not paying her the pig he owed her. Illustrated with vintage postcards. Going the opposite way, a very short religious poem that's also a favorite of mine, "Without distinction..."
  • "God is Love" by Henry Livingston (1827)

    01/04/2019 4:52:04 PM PST · by mairdie · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1827 | Henry Livingston
    "God is Love" was written by Henry Livingston in his daughter Jane's Poetry Manuscript Book in 1827, the year before he died at the age of 79. Narrated by Byron Nilsson to "Washington."
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... January, February and March, 2019

    12/31/2018 8:06:30 PM PST · by JustAmy · 782 replies
    January 1, 2019 | Meg33, The Major, Trisham, JustAmy
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • Poetry for Your New Year

    12/31/2018 7:56:43 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    Little Gidding | T.S. Eliot
    For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"
  • "Dialogue" by Henry Livingston to Richard Sheridan's "Had I a Heart"

    12/30/2018 2:33:02 PM PST · by mairdie · 2 replies
    An amusing little poem about Henry's children begging their mother to cut her double-curded cheese, as their mother explains that it's only August and they need to wait till October. Read by Byron Nilsson to "Had I a Heart" by Richard Sheridan, a light opera that appears frequently in Henry's Music Manuscript Book.
  • "The Crane and Fox" by Henry Livingston (1827)

    12/29/2018 9:55:03 AM PST · by mairdie · 5 replies
    Henry Livingston's poetic version of the old Aesop fable of the crane and the fox, read by Byron Nilsson and put to "Over the Water to Charlie" from Henry's Music Manuscript Book.
  • "Invitation to a Ball" by Clement Moore. And they think the mind that wrote THIS wrote NBC?

    12/27/2018 5:36:18 PM PST · by mairdie · 44 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1844 | Clement Moore
    My personal opinion is that Moore's claim to "Night Before Christmas" would have been questioned years ago if people had read the pompous, moralistic poetry written by this prig. But his poetry is so bad that it's just not accessible, other than on my website. So allow me to offer you a narration of Moore's "apology" for refusing an invitation to a ball. Actually, it's no apology at all. It's a preening bit of virtue signalling at how morally righteous he is to avoid these low occasions of sin. How ANYONE could believe that someone of that mindset could have...
  • "Midas" Poem by Henry Livingston, Jr. (1827) to Royal Wedding

    12/26/2018 2:45:07 PM PST · by mairdie · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1827 | Henry Livingston
    Henry Livingston's version of the Greek mythology fable about Midas, a poem written the year before Henry's death, when Henry was 78 years old. The neat handwriting was because it was written in his daughter Jane's Poetry Manuscript Book. Music is "Royal Wedding" from Henry's Music Manuscript Book. One of my favorite poems.
  • "An Invitation to the Country" – By Henry Livingston (1787) - vintage postcard illustrations.

    12/07/2018 10:19:31 AM PST · by mairdie · 1 replies
    This love poem of the simple life was published in the 19 Jan 1786 issue of the Poughkeepsie Journal. The music, "I Love Sue" and "Dawn of Hope" is from Henry's music manuscript. Another small poem to one of the young ladies in Henry's circle is this "Acrostic to Miss Eliza Hughes," to the music "General Wolfe."
  • "Past is the Hour" - By Henry Livingston (1794) - Ah Sure

    12/06/2018 7:08:54 AM PST · by mairdie · 3 replies
    "Past is the Hour," a poem of a jilted lover, was published by Henry Livingston, the author of "Night Before Christmas" in the 6 Aug 1794 issue of the New York Weekly Museum under the pseudonym "R." The music "Ah, Sure" is from Henry's music manuscript. The poem is read by Byron Nilsson, who played Henry in "The Trial Before Christmas." Vintage postcard illustrations. Byron has also narrated a letter from Henry to his grandson, Sidney Breese, later US Senator from Illinois and Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Wav file only, for now. Henry's letters were saved in...