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Poetry Friday: Alice Pleasance Liddell

April 14th, 2006 (07:41 am)

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Train by Sonya Kitchell

A boat, beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July;

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear;—

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die,
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantom-wise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream,
Lingering in the golden gleam, --
Life, what is it but a dream?

- from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll

This is my first contribution to Poetry Friday, as started by Kelly of Big A little a and encouraged by Liz of A Chair, A Fireplace and A Tea Cozy.


Posted by: kidslitinfo/Kelly (kidslitinfo)
Posted at: April 14th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)

Sorry for shouting, but this one fits my mood today beautifully.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 14th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)

Thank you. You are allowed (encouraged) to shout about Charles' works here. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 17th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)

I love that it's an acrostic...


Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 17th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)

Is this Justine's pal Lili?

Alice rules in so many ways.
Glad that you stopped by.
Read "The Other Alice" if you haven't already.
Every time I read this poem, I smile.
Every single time.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 22nd, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)

it is indeed that lili. i've been linking to some of your great lists on my work blog www.slv.vic.gov.au/readalert/

i have read The Other Alice, and love it ALMOST as much as the Annotated Alice.

unlike so many of the bad alice books, like The Looking Glass Wars.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)

You are keen. Thanks ever so much.

I agree. There are so many poor knockoffs. I will steer clear of TLGW. I just checked out Finding Alice to read next week.

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