Tuesday, November 15, 2011

R... IS FOR...

R ...IS FOR ....
...Christina ROSSETTI
Christina was a British poet with a famous father, Gabriele Rossetti, a poet and political exile, and a famous brother, Danti Gabriele Rossetti who was an artist and poet.
I chose Christina Rossetti for "R' day because she is actually the first poet I ever knew anything about.  Several of her poems were featured in my school Reader when I was in the equivalent of Grade 2 at about 6 years old. (British schools started at age 5 back then and perhaps still do.)  I was of course drawn to her because of her first name.  Mine was Christine so it was near enough to intrigue me. I read her poems with great interest.  I liked to read and would read almost anything I could get my hands on even at that young age. 
I have since discovered that she wrote quite a lot of children's poems, but these two posted here were in my school book.  They actually don't seem as much like children's poems to me as do some of her others written specifically for children.

Do you remember this one?

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing thro'.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.
How about this one?
"Ferry me across the water,
Do, boatman, do."

"If you've a penny in your purse
I'll ferry you."

"I have a penny in my purse,

And my eyes are blue;
So ferry me across the water,
Do, boatman, do."

"Step into my ferry-boat,

Be they black or blue,
And for the penny in your purse
I'll ferry you."

Christina Rossetti is also the author of a famous Christmas Carol.  I'm sure you'll know this one, but I'm going to place it at the end of this post because it is long and Christmas will be a tiny bit closer (about one minute) than when you began reading this blog! ( I do dislike having Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving!)

R is also for RAINBOW...

...which is a pretty obvious choice for 'R' day, but this photo taken by my friend Charlene is so outstanding that I had to include it here: 

This is taken at Iguazu Falls, which are found in the middle of the jungle, on the border of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.  I've been there and it was one of the most exciting days of my life. To be standing in the middle of a South American jungle, in one of the most exotic places in the world was a dream come true.  It was on my bucket list!  Thanks Charlene!

R is also for Reflection...
... I've been waiting for a chance to post this photograph:

It was taken by my sister in my back yard when she was visiting us a while ago.  I thought it was cool because she caught the reflection of the philodendron that was growing above this very cute planter that was full of rainwater.  I have a very talented sister!
Now here is the Christmas Carol written by Christina Rossetti:
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.


For more entries in this intriguing and informative project please click on the link above.


Martha said...

Who has seen the wind... Yes, one of them poems Dad read to us when we were small. Though I'm pretty good at recalling the poems, I'm not so good at recalling authors. James Whitcomb Riley is one of my favorites

Roger Owen Green said...

I've sung In The Bleak Midwinter quite often! The other poems are familiar, but not as much.
Lovely rainbow too.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

I didn't recognize the song until the last sentences. I do remember those.
That photo of the Falls is amazing. How fortunate you were to visit and cross off a choice bucket list selection.
Love your cute planter and your Sister did a great job.

Ms. Burrito said...

Love that rainbow!

My R is about Raking Leaves, please come and see.

Morning's Minion said...

I learned 'Who has seen the wind?' at a young age--the second poem isn't familiar. 'In the bleak mid-winter' is one of my favorite carols--I have two different musical settings for it. Both melodies are hauntingly quiet, suited to the word imagery.
The photo of the leaves reflected in water is intriguing--I wonder if my camera could do that.

Leslie: said...

What a wonderful post about Christina Rosetti! Lovely poem and song.

abcw team

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderful post. I DO know her poems! The photo of the reflection in the garden pot is such a fun one! And the rainbow is outstanding, to be sure...

chubskulit said...

Your reflection shot is very pretty!

Rosary Beads

mrsnesbitt said...

Fantastic photos Chris - well hung onto for R. My favourite carol too. Talking of carols - I have been asked to play my guitar at carol service on christmas Eve here in our village church - better get practising!!! lol!

Denise ABC team

Scriptor Senex said...

I recall the wind poem - it's delightful. And Charlene's picture is stunning. Thanks for a great contribution to ABC Wednesday.

claude said...

An excellent post, Chris !
Beautiful poem and song by Christina Rossetti and a very beautiful rainbow.

conservativelybohemian said...

That reflection photo is beautiful, Chris! Thanks for the bit of lesson on Christina too. The rainbow photo is absolutely stunning.

snafu said...

Nice pictures, I do remember a few snatches of the wind poem but not when or where I first heard it, may have been school.
Not sure jungle is on my bucket list, too many bitey things. I prefer a concrete jungle, I understand the dangers better.

kaybee said...

One more example of my dismal education,compared to yours, is that I had never heard of Christina Rossetti until I went to Romania. There is a street in Bucharest named after her, but I didn't know who she was until fairly recently. Her Christmas carol has always been one of my favourites even though I didn't know she had written it!

When I took the photo of the planter it was because I just loved the cute turtles. Only now do I see the pretty reflection!

helenmac said...

Your contribution is resplendent with wonderful images and words!

jabblog said...

Lovely choice for R, Chris. I like her poems, simple and truthful.
We have a tub of agapanthus like yours but they didn't bloom so well this year. Maybe they need splitting again.