Photo Challenge: Odysseys, to Seek a Newer World

The first of all wanderers, the “man of many ways,” who gave his name to odysseys, came to life in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poetry:

Come my friends,
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
For my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars.
Ulysses

Photo Challenge:  Wanderlust 

 

ulysses to seek a newer world tennyson

newburgh lake, michigan

Photo Challenge, Wanderlust: That Subtle Something to Renew a Weary Spirit

On a Michigan summer’s day, wanderlust can lead you to varied tracks and traces in the seemingly endless woods.

Photo Challenge:  Wanderlust

Pigeon River Forest, Michigan

…meandering in the pine forests of the North or the hardwood stands of the Southern part of the state.

Matthaei Woods, Michigan

 

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
–Robert Louis Stevenson

the road less traveled by

Kensington Park, Michigan

Photo Challenge: Meeting a Few of Earth’s Newest Residents

This weekend, I met several of Earth’s newest residents–perhaps explorers is a better word.  Mom had the kids out for a sunny sojourn.  They looked to be recently hatched and were still nattily attired in fuzz, not feathers. My pics came out a little blurry since the ducklings were moving so quickly.  Being hungry will do do that to a youngster.

Photo Challenge:  Earth 

 

All the World will be in Love with Night

April 23 traditionally marks William Shakespeare’s birthday.  Belatedly, from Romeo and Juliet, one of my favorite passages.

Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,
Give me my Romeo.  And when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Photo Challenge, Earth: To Wonder is to Begin to Understand

 

“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A few words to reflect upon  from an  American poet of the 19th century, as we celebrate the Earth this weekend in the 21st.

Photo Challenge;  Earth

au sable river, michigan

Huron National Forest, Michigan

Hartwick Pines, Michigan

Tacquahmenon State Park, Michigan

 

Seven of the Best Epic Poems by Female Poets

I follow this blog and regularly find it opens new doors for me. Today’s post was especially interesting to me–and I hope to you.

Interesting Literature

The best epics by women

The IliadThe OdysseyParadise Lost – these are some of the titles that immediately spring to mind when we think of epic poetry. But this ignores the contributions made to epic poetry by women writers over the millennia. Here are seven of the best classic epic poems written by women.

Enheduanna, The Descent of Inanna. This is not just the oldest female epic; it’s the oldest work of poetry written by any named poet, male or female. Enheduanna was a Sumerian high priestess who lived in the 23rd century BC – that’s around 1,500 years before Homer. Enheduanna lived in the city of Ur (in modern-day Iraq), and was a priestess of the Sumerian moon god Nanna. This poem describes the goddess Inanna’s descent into the underworld – Inanna being the daughter of Nanna, and the Sumerian goddess of love…

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