Sunday, April 1, 2012

A is for April

wHAN that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of Marche hath pierced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendered is the flour...


Thus begins one of the most famous poems of English Literature: Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Written in the 14th Century, it is about a group of pilgrims en route to the shrine of Thomas Beckett. It is the month of April. Spring is in the air, the winter gloom is gone.



Almost six centuries later, T.S. Eliot writing in the wake of the Great War, turned English Literature on its head by depicting April as a month of despair, awakening desires which are most likely to be crushed.

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain...

Two different sensibilities. What is your take? What does April mean to you?

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Day 1 Entry for A - Z Blogging challenge

10 comments:

  1. Now with the Challenge April has taken on a whole new meaning for me, but traditionally it's always been a hopeful time of reawakening.

    If your blog link is on the Linky List that's all you need. We are not linking each individual post.

    Have a great April.


    Lee
    Places I Remember
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Thanks Arlee Bird.

      Does seem we would all end up frazzled by the end of April.

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  2. Hello! Stopping by for the A to Z Challenge. April is a happy month for me. Preparing for Easter, anticipating the blooming of some flowers, the excitement of days that are getting warmer, etc.

    Susanne
    PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

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    1. Thanks Susanne. Glad that you concur with Chaucer.

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  3. Liked the post. Little bits of info for my scrambled brain and scrambled blog as it happens are good.... I'm now following. I hope thats OK

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    1. Hi Rob

      Thanks for liking the post.

      OK? It's WONDERFUL!

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  4. Stopping by from the A-Z Challenge!

    To me, April means the opportunity to get outside and get into the yard. Planting, raking up the dead stuff from the winter, and helping my bulbs bloom. The month fills me with optimism!

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    1. Yes, it is wonderful to see the blooms, isn't it? You feel rejuvenated. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I love the month of April. It aids in uncovering the winter months and usher in the wonderful sunlight and those spring earthlings of leaves, flowers, and green pastures.
    http://sidnereading.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sidne for stopping by. New shoots and blooms, it all so lovely...

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