Friday, October 22, 2004

Wordsworth's Daffodils

My favourite poem...
WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

This was something my English teacher in high school told me. This is actually the definition of poetry that William Wordsworth gave.

"The spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings arising from emotion recollected in tranquillity."

Apparently, he is the one who brought about romantic revolution in English poetry. Great man huh??!!

Monday, October 18, 2004

Everything's relative

My first posting..nothing much actually. I am at the Library at 4:30 in the morning wondering if Newton and Einstein were upto the same thing i am upto right now when they thought up whatever they did! If they were, I hope that i too get a flashing bulb that could make me a millionaire overnight(i do understand the flaw in the didnt make either of them one..but then there is always a first time!!)

Talking of Einstein, I think time is INDEED relative ( i know that my denying this is going to make absolutely NO difference whatsoever either to me, Einstein or the rest of the world!!). It seems as if the last time it was Monday morning, it was 15 years back. But then, I do know that it was Friday night 15 minutes ago!! I am of the most sincere opinion that God has this VCR Remote kinda thingy which He/She/It uses to "Fast Forward" my weekends. Damn Him/Her/It!!!

I am curious...Is everything relative; is there an absoluteness in anything in the world?Every man tries to be healthier, wealthier, faster, handsomer,manlier etc, etc than everybody else he knows, doesnt know and even the ones he most certainly will not get to know. My take on derives satisfaction not by matching his need but by out-matching everyone else's.