On 10 Aug 2005 11:24:07 -0000, Cai Cherie <eternityfindsitself@...
> <<Does not the noun "prelude" suggest to anyone one of the most important
> poems, nay, epics, in the English language?
> Oh dear, oh very, very, very dear.
> OK--here's the scoop. "The Prelude," was initially written in the first
> decade of the 19th century by William Wordsworth.>>
[sigh] My AP English test way back when in high school asked us to
explicate this poem. It seems I did a very good job after that of completely
eradicating that poem from my mind because up until this moment I had
totally forgotten it.
I must have done a passable job though, since I got a high score on the
test. Which probably goes to show you that those tests don't exactly pick
out geniuses, because as I recall, I wrote a bunch of nonsense. And of
course, I took the test the year BEFORE taking British literature, so I had
no knowledge of Wordsworth whatsoever yet.
When I went to college, I ended up developing very detailed pictures of all
of the poets in my mind, since I read so much poetry ... Wordsworth was this
sort of bearded grandfather in my mind, just kind of sitting around on a
rock and whittling, shaking his head at all the crazy kids that were the
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