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Fairy Tale Illustrators - Anne Anderson

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Anne Anderson (1874—26 May 1952)

Anne (Annie) Anderson was a Scottish illustrator known primarily for art nouveau style children’s book illustrations. She was also an etcher, designer of greetings cards and a watercolour painter.

Born in Scotland in 1874, Anne spent her childhood in Argentina with her parents, James and Grace, and her four brothers and one sister. She left Argentina on reaching adulthood and found work in England. In 1910 she was able to afford to buy her a cottage 
with her earnings in Burghfield Common, Berkshire. She married the artist Alan Wright in June 1912. They collaborated on many of the books she illustrated; he would draw the birds and animals. 

There is some debate as to the date of her death. Some sources list her death in the 1930, while there are those that state she died in 1936. Yet there are others that claim she was still alive after the Second World War. However, there is an entry in the Berkshire Burial index for a married artist named Annie Wright aged 76, on 29th May 1952. It states she had resided in Burghfield Common.

Amongst the many children’s books she illustrated were the following fairy tale books:
      • Briar Rose Book Of Old Old Fairy Tales -London. T.C. & E.C. Jack Ltd. Approx. 1920
      • Anderson Fairy-Tale Book - London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1923
      • Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales - London; Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press 1924
      • A Series of Fairy Tales - Nelson 1928
      • The Fairy Tale Omnibus - Collins 1929
      • Old, Old Fairy Tales - New York, Thomas Nelson & Sons, n.d

If you are interested in taking a look or even purchasing art prints of Anne Anderson’s illustrations there’s a charming website here:
 https://artsycraftsy.com/anderson_prints.html

Please note I have no affiliation with the website.

Snow White Retellings 



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Anne Anderson images (Public Domain) courtesy of Wikipedia/Artsycraftsy.com : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Anderson_(illustrator)

A Girl's Guide to Puberty and How to Survive It - Moods

While I was searching through some of my old articles I came across another one I'd like to share with you.  I wrote part of it about six years ago and then added to it a year later. For some reason my addition to the article had somehow been deleted from my computer, fortunately I found a hard copy I had printed. Like my previous post Men for Dummies, it’s tongue-in-cheek and intended to be humorous


 

Yes, the dreaded mood swings. You wake up in a bad mood and the sour mood never leaves. You wake up in a good mood, which turns into a bad mood. Your parents inform you they had won the lottery jackpot; you are still grumpy. You have 10,000 likes on your latest Facebook post; still grumpy.

You hate the world. The world hates you.

Many contract the infectious; but not confined to puberty, slamming disease Doorusslamus. Many hinges have perished due to this contagious, but avoidable infliction on mankind or in this case womankind.

Jokes no longer are funny when in the full throes of the Grumpy mood swing. These jokes are usually taken personally or seriously. Thus an argument ensues, in which the pleasantries exchanged usually end in the following: (meanings are included)

  1. I hate you : You still hate the world
  2. Nobody loves me: Everyone is mean. I hate myself.
  3. Several words ending in off or other colourful language.

Please see the Oxford English or Oxford American Dictionary for profanity meanings.

There are other distinctive behaviours associated with the Grumpy mood. The next phase in Doorusslamus is the sulking stage. This can take two different but very similar forms; cave-dweller like hibernation in one’s bedroom or in some cases, hibernation in the bathroom.

  • Bedroom Hibernation – After the initial door banging and shouting for you to vacate your bedroom by parents and other family members, there comes a period of forgetfulness. Yes if you have been quiet for too long the rest of your family will forget you are here. They will go to the movies, McDonald’s or Pizza Hut without inviting you or even noticing you are missing.
  • Bathroom Hibernation – This is not without major drawbacks, maybe not for you but certainly for others. It is preferable to have an en suite or face the wrath of other family members. When they have to use a bucket or your baby brother or sister’s potty to relieve him or her selves, they will not think of you kindly.

The final stage of this mood is Grumpiness Amnesia. This is self-denial or denial that you were ever grumpy in the first place.

The blues can strike at any time and nothing is more embarrassing than weeping through a soap opera, particularly one you usually just watch to laugh at for being so contrived. It may be hard to tell if it is your hormones making you feel sad that Dash’s estranged mother tells him he was adopted as a baby. Then after much anguish, he discovers his birth mother, only to find her on her death bed. He then discovers she has left a family of five children, three cats, two dogs and a goldfish with fin rot. However, to your family and friends, this tear fest can be a great source of amusement or confusion.

You may suffer from, The Return to the Womb Syndrome aka I wish I had never been born. Whichever way you may look upon this, once you have left the womb there is physically no way of going back. Although, if your moods have been particularly irritable your mother may also be thinking the same thought. It is doubtful they would say this to your face. Your mother may also be thinking where did my offspring go and who replaced them with this alien from outerspace.

Has your get up and go, gone on a gap year? This is yet again another symptom of those pesky blues. Almost all of the day you have been happy, but now there is no Mr Happy. You are suffering from a severe bout of Sadsongitis, This affliction is quite simple to diagnose. The sufferer receives no pleasure in listening to mood-lifting music. It’s Sad Song FM all day for them. They wish to immerse their eardrums in the music of anguish and heartbreak.

The effects of Sadsongitis usually pass to younger siblings. They respond by listening to up upbeat and happy music. This however does not effect a cure for Sadsongitis. It may make things worse, particularly if the result is family discord. When suffering from a bout of this affliction it is advisable to wear headphones, thus preventing the side effects passing to siblings, or even in some cases parents.

Image Credit: Image by Loony_Rabbit from Pixabay

 

 






Men for Dummies

Hello again. It’s been a while since I posted. Being in lockdown hasn't been as productive as I would have liked it to be, and progress on my new work is slow, but at least it's happening. Countries are starting to come out of lockdown, while some are just starting to face the devastating effects of Covid 19. 

I was browsing through some old article I wrote some years ago and I came across a humorous one I wrote in 2014. I thought it would be nice to share it with you. No offence intended to men, it’s all tongue in cheek.

Men for Dummies

Now you have taken delivery of your new man, please treat him with care. You must make sure that you maintain him regularly to keep him in good running order. The following includes a list of essential requirements. However no guarantees of trouble free occasions can be offered:

 

•Food – Please feed your man regularly as hunger can bring on a severe attack of grumpiness. It is always a good idea to teach your man how to feed himself.  Make sure he does not do this whilst intoxicated or your kitchen may look like a bombsite afterwards.


•Drink – Water regularly to prevent wilting. This may include alcoholic beverages, but only in moderation. It is advisable to make sure your man knows where the nearest bathroom is, thus avoiding your garden and furniture getting a hose down from over consumption, particularly alcohol.


•Massage – Your man may have a very fragile ego, this can be avoided by regular ego massage. Flatter your man with soothing words e.g. “Yes, you are strong and virile.” or words to that effect.


•Sleep – Please do not let your man go without sleep for any length of time. Tiredness goes hand in hand with grumpiness. If you wish to avoid domestic discord, ensure he has at least eight hours of sleep.


•Sport – Most men have a love of sport of some kind, whether it is as a spectator or a player. Football, baseball, golf, cricket, racing etc are worshipped. It is a sacrilege to do any of the following when a sport is being viewed on television: a) Talk b) Use the vacuum cleaner c) Stand in front of the said TV. If you are a sports fan, yourself this makes for a harmonious atmosphere. As long as you, both enjoy the same sports.


Warning: For those of you with a delicate disposition, there may be frequent bouts of colourful language whilst sport is being viewed. Use of an MP3 player at full volume is advisable.


Your man may not be in perfect condition when he arrives. This is not a manufacturing fault and no refunds will be given. Please follow these instructions to avoid friction:


Nagging – To be kept to a minimum and only used when completely necessary


Arguments – See previous. Please note that frequencies of clashes are likely to increase if you both have the following personality trait: Light the touch paper and stand well back.


Space – Give each other plenty of it when required.


Respect – Please respect your man and he will respect you in return.


Kindness – Try to be kind, even if you do feel like ripping his head off, because you are in a bad mood.


Love – Humans, no matter the sex, need love and the more the better. Please note: Men can confuse sex with love. Yes, it can be a part of love but not a substitute for love.


If you follow the Men for Dummies guide’s instructions, you should have many problem free years. Please note, extended warranties are not available.

 

© 2014 Paula M. Hunter

 

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Snow White's Origins


Public Domain

Schneewittchen Franz Juttner - 1910


Snow White is a German fairy tale which was known across much of Europe. Now it is one of the most famous fairy tales worldwide. It was published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 in the first edition of their collection, simply titled: Grimms’ Fairy Tales. In German the tale was titled Sneewittchen. Sneewittchen went through various revisions until 1854. At first it had been regarded as a fictional tale, until research suggested otherwise. 

Margaretha von Waldeck


Bergfreiheit
AxelHH at German Wikipedia / Public domain: 


The story of Margaretha von Waldeck is first real life story that may have inspired the tale of Snow White. In 1994, the German historian Eckhard Sander published Snow White: Fairy Tale or True Story? He claimed he had uncovered an account that may have inspired the Grimm fairy tale. 

Margaretha von Waldeck was the daughter of Philip IV, Count of Waldeck-Wildungen, born 1493 and died 1574, and his first wife, Margaret Cirksena, born 1500 and died 1537, daughter of Edzard I, Count of East Frisia. According to the Bad Wildungen city documents, she was a famous beauty. From the year 1539 she had a very strict stepmother, Katharina von Hatzfeld (1510 -1546). At that time Margaretha lived in Weilburg at the court of Philip III, Count of Nassau-Weilburg. In 1545, she travelled through Siebengebirge (seven hills) to live with her mother’s brother Johann Cirksena at Valkenburg castle, which is now known as Limburg in the Netherlands. Later in 1549 she was sent by her father to the Brussels court of Mary of Hungary, to the governor of the Habsburg Netherlands and sister of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. Margaretha’s presence at court was meant to improve the relations with the emperor and help secure the release of Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse, who had been imprisoned in Brussels for his role in the Schmalkaldic War.

However, the situation in court became complicated as several high ranking men sought the hand of  Margaretha, including Lamoral, Count of Egmont. He arrived in court from Spain in 1549.  As she was Lutheran and Lamoral Catholic her parents refused his request to marry Margaretha. However, as most of Netherlands was Catholic at that time it wasn’t a viable excuse. It would seem that her father wished for her to marry for political connections in Netherlands. A move to Spain with Lamoral, would not suit his political agenda.

Margaretha died at the age of 21 in March 1554. The three surviving letter she sent to her father show that her health had steadily declined over the time. In the Waldeck chronicles it was suggested that she had been poisoned. Around the time of her death, an old man had
been caught giving out apples laced with poisonous nightshade to children. However, since her father’s second wife died in 1546 and he only remarried again in October 1554, her stepmother was never suspected in the alleged poisoning.

Margaretha’s  father owned several copper minds, many of the workers were children, giving reference to the seven dwarfs. The child workers lived in groups of about 20 in a single room house. The residence of the dwarfs has been suggested to be the former mining village of Bergfreiheit, which is now a district of Bad Wildungen, which calls itself the Snow White Village. 

Maria Sophia von Erthal

Another real life tale is that of Maria of Maria Sophia von Erthal, who was born on the 15th June 1729 in Lohr am Main in Bavaria, Germany.  She was the daughter of Prince Philipp Christoph von Erthal, a landowner and his wife, Baroness von Bettendorff. After the death of his wife the prince married Claudia Elisabeth Maria von Venningen, Countess of Rechenstein. It was said that she disliked her stepchildren. The castle where they lived, which is now a museum, was home to a mirror that was famous for its smooth and even surface. Apparently this is something that was uncommon in that period. They referred to it as the “talking mirror,” because “it always spoke the truth” (this mirror is also in the museum). The mirror was manufactured in 1720 in Lohr. The left side of the mirror has the words “self love” etched into it. It had been in the house at the time Maria’s stepmother lived there.

The dwarfs are again linked to a mining town, Bieber, located west of Lohr and lays amongst seven mountains. The mine tunnels could only be accessed by short miners, they often wore bright red hoods. The glass coffin may be linked to the regions famous glassworks and the poisoned apple’s association may be with the deadly nightshade poison that grows in abundance in the Lohr.


Greek and Roman Mythology

KHIONE (Chione) was a nymph of Mount Haimos (Haemus) in Thrake (north of Greece). She was a daughter of Boreas, god of the north-wind, and Oreithyia, the lady of mountain gales. Khione is thought to be the goddess of snow (khiôn).She became by Poseidon the mother of Eumolpus, and in order to conceal the event, she threw the boy into the sea; but the child was saved by Poseidon
Scholar Graham Anderson compares the story of Snow White to the Roman legend of Chione, recorded in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The name Chione means "Snow" in Greek and, in the story, she is described as the most beautiful woman in the land, so beautiful that the gods Apollo and Mercy both fell in love with her. Mercury put her to sleep with the touch of his caduceus.

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Kingdom of Ice Release Day

Hello dear readers. The world is certainly a different place since the last time I wrote a newsletter. I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well and for those are are unwell or you know someone who is, you are in my thoughts. Here we are entering week 2 of a lockdown. Some days I feel very distracted, others I immerse myself in keeping busy, as an author there is always something that needs to be done. 

I am pleased to announce the release of my new version of Kingdom of Ice, published by Kingston Publishing. Please see the links below. It's available on Kindle Unlimited (Not on US Amazon at the moment)

Princess Khione craves her vain and heartless mother’s love. After her beloved father dies, she despairs at ever finding love and happiness again. The only comfort she finds is in her nursemaid and her nursemaid’s daughter. Years later, Khione’s jealous mother orchestrates an event that nearly ends her life. Forced to flee into the Forsaken Forest, the home of the Fae, Khione finds something she could have never imagined.

Banished from the lands of Turia, Agnes and Gerda try to start a new life in the nearby Kingdom of Agraunia. They share a small garret room with Agnes’s widowed mother, Matilda. There, Gerda befriends her neighbour’s son, Kai, who is an apprentice to a Blacksmith. Their close friendship eventually blossoms into love. Their short-lived happiness comes to a halt with Kai’s cold, distance demeanour. After he disappears after being seen with a strange woman in white, rumours persist that he is dead. Only Gerda knows he is still alive. The place he touched deepest in her heart makes it hard for her to accept any other truth but her instincts scream at her that he is in danger. With no one willing to help, Gerda sets out alone to rescue him, unaware of the dangers outside of her sheltered life as the nursemaid’s daughter.

Kingdom of Ice is a fusion of faerie tales, folklore, myth & legends, with action/adventure and a magical touch of romance.
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The Mystery of Saint Valentine



Apologies, I am a little late posting this, but we are still just about in February. 

Valentine's Day, Saint Valentine's Day or The Feast of Saint Valentine is celebrated on the 14th February. It is a day to celebrate love and is observed by giving flowers; particularly roses, chocolates, gifts, and cards. According to the Greeting Card Association nearly 160 million Valentines cards are sent every year.  

But who was Saint Valentine? What is the mystery surrounding Saint Valentine? Why is he the Patron Saint of love? 

All will be revealed.

Image: Flower Heart by Bartosz Szamborski - Creative Commons  Via Wikimedia commons.

There is More Than One Saint Valentine


The name Valentine derives from the word Valens which in Latin means Strong, healthy, vigorous.

There are three Saint Valentines or rather Valentinus, that have connections with the 14th February. One a Roman priest, one the Bishop of Iteramna, now know as Terni in Italy and another who was martyred in the Roman Province of Africa; now known as Tunisia. Very little is known about this St.Valentine.

Who is the Real Saint Valentine?

Two Saints two stories - Part 1

Saint Valentine lived and was martyred in the third century. However there are two conflicting stories; who is the Saint Valentine that is celebrated by the Feast of Saint Valentine?
The most popular belief is that Saint Valentine was a Roman priest; he was executed during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II.  
Claudius II was fighting many wars and considered single men the best soldiers. He thought that
by being married the men would not fight well; they would be afraid to die as they would be considering their wives and children. Polygamy (from the Greek words Many and Wedding) was very commonplace in Roman times, some of Claudius's soldier had more than one wife. He passed a law forbidding all marriages.

Many Romans were not happy with being forbidden to marry, and there were also those who were attracted to becoming Christians. The Christians were persecuted by Claudius at this time and helping them was also a crime.
In secret Valentine carried out Christian ceremonies, including marriages of Christians and Romans, including Soldiers. This however did not stay a secret; he was discovered conducting a marriage ceremony and was arrested and imprisoned.

Emperor Claudius was said to have taken a liking to Valentine and tried to persuade him to become a Pagan. Valentine refused and tried to convert the emperor to Christianity this was not taken very lightly, Valentine was sentenced to death. He was beaten with stones and clubs which failed to kill him, and so he was beheaded on the 14th February by the Via Flaminius near Rome.

Image:St-Valentine-Kneeling-In-Supplicationby David Teniers III [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Part 2

Another story involves another Saint Valentine the Bishop of Interamna (Terni) He was under the house arrest of Judge Asterius for practicing Christianity. The Judge was drawn into a conversation by the the Bishop about the validity of Christianity. The Judge decided to test Valentine and stated that if he could restore the sight of his adopted daughter he would do anything Valentine asked of him.
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The Judge's daughter was brought before Valentine he laid his hands upon her and prayed, and her sight was restored. Judge Asterius kept his word; he would do anything Valentine asked of him. Valentine asked him to fast for three days and be baptised a Christian. Judge Asterius became a Christian along with the rest of his family; he also freed all of the Christians imprisoned by his authority.  

Valentine was arrested at a later date, and sent Rome for continuing to convert Romans to Christians and was brought before the Roman Emperor Aurelia. Valentine refused to renounce his faith and was sentenced to death by beheading. The night before Valentine was to be beheaded, he was rumoured to have sent a note to the daughter of Judge Asterius who he loved. He asked her to remain near to God and to be thankful for the healing miracle of her restored sight. The note was signed "By Your Valentine"

This Saint Valentine was also executed on the 14th February by the Via Flaminia.
Both of stories could be about the same Saint Valentine, but they were at different times and they were buried in difference locations along the Via Flaminia. 

ImageSaint Valentine byJacopo Bassano [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Festival of Lupercalia




The annual Festival of Lupercalia was celebrated in Rome between the 13th - 15th February and was connected to fertility. The 14th February was also a day of celebration of the Roman Goddess Juno, the Goddess of women and marriage. The pagan tradition was for men to draw the names of women from a jar. Whoever was chosen would be their partner for the rest of the festival; other accounts state the woman would the man's sexual companion for the rest of the year.

By the fifth century Christian Rome banned the performance of pagan rites. Pope Gelasius I was reputed to have replaced the pagan festival of Lupercalia with the Feast of Saint Valentine. Young men and women would draw out the names of saints from a jar; they would try to emulate them for the rest of the year.  

The middle of February in the middle ages was associated with "Spring Fever" were birds would choose there mates and romantic feeling were not just for birds but humans too. Thus the 14th February became dedicated to love, and love letters and gifts were given to the object of ones affection. Saint Valentine was then associated as the Patron Saint of Love and Valentine's Day was born. 

In the 19th century mass produced cards replaced the hand written notes. Then began the tradition of giving flowers and chocolates, and Valentines candy along with other gifts.
The 20th century saw the advent of sending Valentine's e cards, and who knows how it will be celebrated in years to come.

Image - Valentine Card from 1862 - Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia commons




Well Versed


What is poetry?

Poetry or verse; as it is sometimes known, is defined; as "a literary work which expresses feelings, ideas and emotions, with the use of a distinctive style or rhythm".
The word Poetry comes from the Greek word Poiesis, which literally means Poetry.
The ancient Greeks developed different genres of poetry, in particular the Epic genre which was made famous by Homer's Odyssey and Iliad.
Playwright and poet William Shakespeare is called England's national poet.
There are more than 50 different forms of poetry e.gs :  Verse, Rhyming, Ballad, Haiku, Limericks, Odes and Sonnets.

So how does poetry fit into today's world and does it have a place in popular culture? We shall explore this, and I will also be sharing with you an original poem.



Photograph - Books on a shelf - courtesy of public-domain-image.com
I own the copyright to my original poetry.

Modernist Poetry Time for Change

Modernist poetry emerged at the beginning of the 20th century and was written until 1950. Modernist poets believed that Victorian poetry was excessive and they wished to bring poetry to the ordinary person.  Their model for poetry was Chinese and Japanese poetry and Greek literature.
One of the Famous Modernist poets is T.S.Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot) one of his best known poems is The Waste Land (written in 1922).

T.S. Eliot's book; Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, a collection of his poems about cats was the inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. The character Grizabella in the musical Cats was taken from T.S.Eliot's unpublished drafts of the book.


T.S. Eliot Courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons

 Contemporary Poetry The Modern Poet

In the late 1950's the modernist movement's popularity started to wane, the era of the Contemporary poet began. In the 1962 the publishing company Penguin published "The New Poetry" by the British poet and novelist A. Alvarez.  It featured an anthology of three British contemporary poets, the work of the poets focused on serious subjects.  It featured the work of Lawrence Durrell, Elizabeth Jennings and R.S. Thomas The book was printed in paperback to make it more cost effective and affordable to readers. It was a commercial success, thus creating an interest in contemporary poetry.
Another successful contemporary poet at that time, was British playwright and children's author Ted Hughes. His first successful poetry collection was Hawk In The Rain (1957). He became British Poet Laureate In 1984.

Ted Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, she was a Confessional poet, this style of poetry was associated with work published in the late 1950's - 1960's. Confessional poetry is autobiographical and touches on the sensitive subjects of depression, alcoholism, infidelity and controversial subjects of suicide and drug abuse. Such subject were seen as shocking to the mainstream poetry critics.

The poets who's Confessional poems caused quite a stir were; Robert Lowell (Life Studies -1959), W.D. Snodgrass (Hearts Needle - 1960) Anne Sexton (To Bedlam and Part Way Back - 1962) and John Berryman (The Dream Songs -1969)

Sylvia Plath's last work of Confessional poetry was Ariel which was published posthumously in 1966; she committed suicide in 1963 at the age of 30.  Anne Sexton and John Berryman also ended their own lives, they both suffered from depression and alcoholism.

The influences of the Confessional poetry movement are still seen today.

Lawrence Durrell [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons






 The Limerick 


The Limerick was a traditional rhyming song, it originally started in the pubs of Ireland. It takes its' name from the city of Limerick in the south west of Ireland.
The Limerick eventually became a humorous poem, which follows a distinctive pattern.



Photograph - St. Johns' Castle Limerick byD Johnston [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons




Slam Poetry 


Photograph By Heinrich Böll Stiftung from Berlin, Deutschland  [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Slam Poetry Poetry for a new generation.

Marc Smith started the first Poetry Slam in 1986, it was an open mic event at the Get Me High Lounge in Chicago. The U.S. had its' first National Poetry Slam in San Francisco in 1990.
So, what is a Poetry Slam?

 A Poetry Slam is a competition, poets recite original work (usually referred to as slam poetry) in front of a live audience and each performance is judged by chosen members of the audience. The performances are judged on a points scale of 1 -10.

The competitors have to follow a set of rules i.e. the performance must not exceed three minutes, no music and props or costumes are allowed. Some competitions allow strong language others do not.
Various themes, styles and cultural traditions also play a part in the Slam Poetry compositions; Dub and Reggae poetry stems from the oral traditions of recited poetry in the West Indies.
Some performances are stylised on Hip Hop, which has its' roots in Dub poetry, other performers prefer a more theatrical or natural presentation.

Poetry Slams are now performed in countries all over the world.

This poem is about something we have very little of in our busy lives: 

Time

Time is now, time goes fast,
Time's not living in the past.
Time to stay, time to go,
Moving with the ebb and flow.
Hurry now no time to spare,
No time yet to really care.

Time is moving, time is short,
Time's not doing what it ought.
Time is passing, time’s gone by,
Watching how the years do fly.
Quickly now, no time to waste,
Move along now, must make haste.

Time don't go, time please wait,
Time has no time to love or hate.
Time has gone, time is out,
Without a shadow of a doubt.
Marching on no time to debate,
Now's not the time to procrastinate.

The Raven 

How a classic poem inspired Pop Culture

The Raven a poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, was written and published in 1845. It became popular soon after publication. It is a narrative poem about a young man who has been rejected by his love Lenore and he is lamenting her loss.

Whilst alone in his room he hears a rapping on the window of his room, open opening the window a raven enters the room and sits upon a bust of Pallas, just above his room's door.  The man talks to the raven, the bird only replies with the word "nevermore", this word causes the young man much distress.  The poem ends with the man descending into grief and madness.

The poem has been much reprinted and parodied in newspaper and magazines over the years. The Raven's influence can be found in films T.V and music here are a few examples :
Film
RavenPoster

The 1963 film The Raven by Roger Corman, is a B movie comedy horror. Starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff as rival sorcerers. The film is based on references to Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven.
A young Jack Nicholson is included in the supporting cast.
(Image By American International Pictures. (DCGeist at en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)

In the 1994 film The Crow, starring Brandon Lee. The main character Eric makes a reference to The Raven, quoting:
"Suddenly, I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door."

In the movie by John Cusack; The Raven. A fictional Poe tries to track down a serial killer.


In an episode of The Simpsons "Tree house of Horror" The Raven is parodied as it is read by Lisa to Maggie and Bart.
Music
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Nevermore the American Heavy Metal band from Seattle, Washington, took their name from the word repeated by the raven in the poem; "Nevermore."
(Nevermore By Cecil (Own work) [GFDLCC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

 The Raven Read by James Earl Jones his YouTube video features James Earl Jones reading The Raven. Listen and enjoy.


 Does poetry have a place in popular culture? 

To answer the question in the introduction: Does poetry have its' place in in popular culture? Yes it does, it has changed and evolved over the centuries and is still popular today as is was in yesteryear. Even though poetry has changed the classics will never be forgot, Homer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth (to name but a few) are still read and loved worldwide.

Poetry has no boundaries, it is found in many forms and cultures, even in cultures were it is strictly forbidden. According to an article in The New York Times online magazine, women in Afghanistan risk death to write poetry, you can read more from this article here.

Why do people write poetry or even risk death to write poetry? My answer is; it is a way to express yourself that can not be done in prose i.e poetry has a way of conveying more emotion, more drama, more passion and even humor.