NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sometimes The Faerie Queene Really Strikes A Chord
I'm continuing on with The Faerie Queene and I've reached Book IV. I admit to occasional bouts of eye-glazing and reaching the end of a string of verses every now and then and realizing I have no idea what they were about or what happened. But equally as often I am entranced by the beauty of the language or the message it contains. This evening I was gifted with one of those moments. Here is Book IV, Canto I, Verse 25, describing the grounds outside of the evil Ate's dwelling place:
Such was her house within; but all without,
The barren ground was full of wicked weedes,
Which she her selfe had sowen all about,
Now growen great, at first of little seedes,
The seedes of euill wordes, and factious deedes;
Which when to ripeness due they growen arre,
Bring foorth an infinite increase, that breedes
Tumultuous trouble and contentious iarre,
The which most often end in bloudshed and in warre.
Awesome. Those are the kinds of jewels that keep a person going in a difficult read. Now to go check out my reading guide regarding what the heck was going on in the rest of the Canto! :-)