Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Let it snow, let it snow

Snow is a wonderful thing when one's job is teaching English. Not only are there great poems to study, such as Emily Dickinson's "It sifts from Leaden Sieves," but one is periodically told to stay home until the world becomes a safer place. I am certainly glad the snow (if that is what her poem is "about") stilled this artisan.

IT sifts from leaden sieves,

It powders all the wood,

It fills with alabaster wool

The wrinkles of the road.

It makes an even face

Of mountain and of plain,—

Unbroken forehead from the east

Unto the east again.

It reaches to the fence,

It wraps it, rail by rail,

Till it is lost in fleeces;

It flings a crystal veil

On stump and stack and stem,—

The summer’s empty room,

Acres of seams where harvests were,

Recordless, but for them.

It ruffles wrists of posts,

As ankles of a queen,—

Then stills its artisans like ghosts,

Denying they have been.


Blogger mattreed said...

Also by Emily and, while not technically about snow, it is sort of about winter and has the advantage of being one of my favorite poems ever:

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.

None may teach it anything,
’T is the seal, despair,—
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, ’t is like the distance
On the look of death.

7:28 PM  
Blogger mickrect said...


i think you are correct about the time zone thing. i'll have to play around to fix this. So while you in the mood to give advice, how is it that there is a major gap on the top right of my blog--i don't even know where to go to fix it.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Rew said...

space on the right, or the left? i hate that space on the right -- how they limit your Posts to a thin column. furthmore, the damn thing won't let me indent paragraphs. it even tries to take away the double-spaces between sentences. i didn't get an "A" in Editing to be bamboozled by some upstart blog program... (yeah, i know, my capitalization skills are impeccable.)
Matt -- you beat me to it! i've loved that one every since Bill Mallonee wrote a song sharing the "title." how about this one, i think i may have heard it first from you, Mike:

He fumbles at your spirit
As players at the keys
Before they drop full music on;
He stuns you by degrees

Prepares your brittle substance
For the ethereal blow,
By fainter hammers, further heard,
Then nearer, then so slow

Your breath has time to straighten,
Your brain to bubble cool, --
Deals one imperial thunderbolt
That scalps your naked soul.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Rew said...

PS: yeah, i think your "Time Zone" is set on "Pacific." change under "Settings" at your "Dashboard." then everything will be "Okay."

6:59 PM  
Blogger mickrect said...


thanks. ED added these lines to "He fumbles..." (at least I think this is the poem--nonetheless they are some of the most chilling lines i've encountered):

Winds hold Forests in their Paws
The Universe is still--

4:58 AM  
Blogger d press productions said...

there's a way to do the formatting in the html settings, if you want to bother figuring out how the hell it works. it seems really complicated, but i bet someone w/ better computer skills than me could do it.

and i'm w/ roland, what's with the lack of indenting? dr. hanna would not be pleased.

11:41 AM  
Blogger mattreed said...

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6:14 PM  
Blogger mattreed said...

      This is a comment test. Does it work?

6:18 PM  
Blogger mattreed said...

      The only way I know how to do it in the comments section is to be sneaky and type out the HTML space escape ("& n b s p ;" except with no spaces). Then you publish. Don't press Preview. That ruins it.

      From your main blog though, I think there are several possibilities. This way is one. I think you can also use the blockquote tag in HTML or the pre tag. There is also a way to put it in your template so that the page will do it for you.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Rew said...

show off.

7:38 PM  

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