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  2. NEVER shall a young man, Thrown into despair By those great honey-coloured Ramparts at your ear, Love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair.' 'But I can get a hair-dye And set such colour there, Brown, or black, or carrot, That young men in despair May love me for myself alone And not my yellow hair.' 'I heard an old religious man But yesternight declare That he had found a text to prove That only God, my dear, Could love you for yourself alone And not your yellow hair.' For Anne Gregory - W B Yeats
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  4. That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see'st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west; Which by and by black night doth take away, Death's second self, that seals up all in rest. In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire, That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the death-bed, whereon it must expire, Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by. This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong, To love that well, which thou must leave ere long. Shakespeare - 'Sonnet LXXIII'
  5. Hi Sue! There are a good few Scots here. Welcome to BGO!
  6. Excellent! Now here's an old favourite of mine: O 'Melia, my dear, this does everything crown! Who could have supposed I should meet you in Town? And whence such fair garments, such prosperi-ty?"- "O didn't you know I'd been ruined?" said she. -"You left us in tatters, without shoes or socks, Tired of digging potatoes, and spudding up docks; And now you've gay bracelets and bright feathers three!"- "Yes: that's how we dress when we're ruined," said she. -"At home in the barton you said 'thee' and 'thou,' And 'thik oon' and 'theäs oon' and 't'other'; but now Your talking quite fits 'ee for high compan-ny!"- "Some polish is gained with one's ruin," said she. -"Your hands were like paws then, you face blue and bleak But now I'm bewitched by your delicate cheek, And your little gloves fit as on any la-dy!"- "We never do work when we're ruined," said she. -"You used to call home-life a hag-ridden dream, And you'd sigh, and you'd sock; but at present you seem To know not of megrims or melancho-ly!"- "True. One's pretty lively when ruined," said she. -"I wish I had feathers, a fine sweeping gown, And a delicate face, and could strut about Town"- "My dear - raw country girl, such as you be, Cannot quite expect that. You ain't ruined," said she The Ruined Maid - Thomas Hardy
  7. Hi there, new member here. Sue is my name and I’m 63 years young, from Scotland
  8. Spoiler Alert : I loved the book Engleby immensely, i couldnt wait to pick it up and carry on reading but the last page shocked me so much! I wonder if any other readers thought like me Confused! Sue Spoiler hidden by megustaleer {moderator)
  9. Thank you Meg, that makes sense now. I did read the instructions but did not understand them. I chose that poem because it had the word thimbles in it and thought that I had to nominate a new word to link. I'll alter the word in bold and try again.
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  11. Each poem should link to the previous one by a common word, and that word is put in 'bold' so it is easily picked out. My extract from The Hunting of the Snark links to "thimble" in Heather's extract from Skimbleshanks, which links to word "whisper" in the extract from the previous poem, Chivalry. The rules are explained in the very forst post of the thread. I think maybe you haven't quite got it, as I can't find the word "windowsill" in The Hunting of the Snark, so couldn't see how they link together. Perhaps you thought you needed to find another poem with the "bold" word in it, as I see that "thimbles" appears in your choice. I think that would make the game far too difficult. No, any word from the previous extract will do as the link, except the one that has been printed in bold. It's great that you are joining in, numbers here have become decidedly thin, so would you like to have another try? There are a couple of words in your very interesting poem that are also in The H of the S, so you could use one of them as the link.
  12. I'm going to join in because we need more people and there is no chance I'll be able to come up to the standard set here. I'm not evens sure I understand how to play the game but here's my contribution : Gardens where there’s no need for a garden For me, it begins with a grandfather consciousness of Russia and a difficulty of surnames, smiles in a local kitchen from my alien gold neighbours and the gladness of their horses For me, it begins in the dark regions of vodka and childhood where the staircase birds share the flight of the child and a windowsill mother counts a thousand years on her exact tongue of black-blood grief Or it begins, for me, with a master-sleep with the dog who understands the breast that wears black, and the hour when a strange but better than usual guest comes to call For me it begins when I step aside from my own concerns and the dead look at me, quiet as thimbles, they look at me from the hushing handheld sky, its subdued palaces, the doors all blue and in the wrong places For me, it begins there by Penelope Shuttle
  13. The Baker's Tale They roused him with muffins—they roused him with ice— They roused him with mustard and cress— They roused him with jam and judicious advice— They set him conundrums to guess. When at length he sat up and was able to speak, His sad story he offered to tell; And the Bellman cried "Silence! Not even a shriek!" And excitedly tingled his bell. There was silence supreme! Not a shriek, not a scream, Scarcely even a howl or a groan, As the man they called "Ho!" told his story of woe In an antediluvian tone. "My father and mother were honest, though poor—" "Skip all that!" cried the Bellman in haste. "If it once becomes dark, there's no chance of a Snark— We have hardly a minute to waste!" "I skip forty years," said the Baker, in tears, "And proceed without further remark To the day when you took me aboard of your ship To help you in hunting the Snark. "A dear uncle of mine (after whom I was named) Remarked, when I bade him farewell—" "Oh, skip your dear uncle!" the Bellman exclaimed, As he angrily tingled his bell. "He remarked to me then," said that mildest of men, "'If your Snark be a Snark, that is right: Fetch it home by all means—you may serve it with greens, And it's handy for striking a light. "'You may seek it with thimbles—and seek it with care; You may hunt it with forks and hope; You may threaten its life with a railway-share; You may charm it with smiles and soap—'" ("That's exactly the method," the Bellman bold In a hasty parenthesis cried, "That's exactly the way I have always been told That the capture of Snarks should be tried!") "'But oh, beamish nephew, beware of the day, If your Snark be a Boojum! For then You will softly and suddenly vanish away, And never be met with again!' "It is this, it is this that oppresses my soul, When I think of my uncle's last words: And my heart is like nothing so much as a bowl Brimming over with quivering curds! "It is this, it is this—" "We have had that before!" The Bellman indignantly said. And the Baker replied "Let me say it once more. It is this, it is this that I dread! "I engage with the Snark—every night after dark— In a dreamy delirious fight: I serve it with greens in those shadowy scenes, And I use it for striking a light: "But if ever I meet with a Boojum, that day, In a moment (of this I am sure), I shall softly and suddenly vanish away— And the notion I cannot endure!" From The Hunting of The Snark - Lews Carroll
  14. A big thank you to all with kind words of encouragement, it really helps. The chair lift which Dave is using works really well, up and down stairs in a fragment of the time it used to take. Haven't used it myself, not too keen on the moment of moving machinery. Meg, have been thinking of you today and hoping that your medications and treatment will have you back fighting fit soon. I spent some time on the internet finding out what the heck I'm taking, will go next week to the family doctor to see if he agrees with the hospital docs. hot and humid here, all windows open, summer has come at last I think. Happy reading to all, enjoy the better weather.
  15. There's a whisper down the line at 11.39 When the Night Mail's ready to depart, Saying "Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble? We must find him or the train can't start." All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters They are searching high and low, Saying "Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble Then the Night Mail just can't go." At 11.42 then the signal's nearly due And the passengers are frantic to a man— Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear: He's been busy in the luggage van! He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes And the signal goes "All Clear!" And we're off at last for the northern part Of the Northern Hemisphere! T.S. Eliot - from 'Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat'
  16. I finished this a few days ago and really thought it was very good. Many of the stories are about how to respond to true tragedy, even more so if one is the responsible party. Thanks to Mr. HG for telling me about this book. Yet another book that I would never have read if it weren't for BGO. Also, I'm glad you moved to Australia because most of the authors that I've read because of you are not known in the U.S. at all.
  17. Sorry for your problems Meg, hope better soon.. Also just home from hospital, today,another vertigo attack, horrible, all sorts of tests on head, fortunately no nasties uncovered, several docs seem to have their say, diagnosis by committee! Anyway worst thing was the cramps in my legs which had me yelling for someone to massage my legs, if that is what the tennis players get I feel sorry for them. Weak on walking right now but onward and upward. Good that you are excused from housework Meg, will be really helpful for you. We'll console each other, hospital food is yucky, they should be sentenced to partake of it themselves for a year, I was fortunate in that I was feeling too sick to eat much of anything. Better days ahead Meg! Chin up. 😊
  18. Always. It's a legitimate form.
  19. I checked 'The Blind Assassin' by Atwood because I was sure she wrote like this in that and sure enough, there are lots of examples. "In the morning I would help Laura to dress -- that had been my task even when mother was alive -- and make sure she brushed her teeth and washed her face. At lunchtime Rennie would sometimes let us have a picnic." Of course, Atwood is writing about a woman (she begins most chapters in present tense) who walks around and reminisces about her childhood (which is where the word 'would' begins to occur more often) though it doesn't occur as much when she's reminiscing about her adult past. I still don't know if there is a name for this technique though. Or when it's acceptable to use it.
  20. Blimey, I go away for a few days and find that Meg and Momac have been through the wars. Please get better soon, both of you!
  21. Simple / Indefinite Present Tense He/She/It stands . I stand. You/We/They stand. Present Continuous Tense He/She/It is standing. I am standing. You/We/They are standing. Present Perfect Tense He/She/It has stood. I have stood. You/We/They have stood. Present Perfect Continuous Tense He/She/It has been standing. I have been standing. You/We/They have been standing. Simple Past Tense He/She/It stood. I stood. You/We/They stood. Past Continuous Tense He/She/It was standing. I was standing. You/We/They were standing. Past Perfect Tense He/She/It had stood. I had stood. You/We/They had stood. Past Perfect Continuous Tense He/She/It had been standing. I had been standing. You/We/They had been standing. Simple Future Tense He/She/It will/shall stand. I will/shall stand. You/We/They will/shall stand. Future Continuous Tense He/She/It will/shall be standing. I will/shall be standing. You/We/They will/shall be standing. Future Perfect Tense He/She/It will/shall have stood. I will/shall have stood. You/We/They will/shall have stood. Future Perfect Continuous Tense He/She/It will/shall have been standing. I will/shall have been standing. You/We/They will/shall have been standing. So, would isn't included but I think it is past perfect. But you may think it comes under a similar rule to 'would always' shown here https://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/would.html
  22. Hope you're feeling better soon Meg, must have been scary.
  23. Exactly, so what would that type of narration be called? It's obviously first person, past tense, but there's something else going on, a kind of 'distant first person' quality. I'm generally starting chapters in that way, then focusing in on a particular day or event and switching to the more conventional style (I stood on the hill and... etc).
  24. Also, perhaps 'I would stand on the hill and wait for Julie' could refer to multiple times that you stood on the hill to wait for Julie.
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