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Re: XMAS Poem or Passage
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2787  Monday, 10 December 2001

[1]     From:   Chris Stroffolino <
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        Date:   Friday, 07 Dec 2001 09:27:17 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2770 Re: XMAS Poem or Passage

[2]     From:   Nancy Charlton <
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        Date:   Friday, 07 Dec 2001 20:34:23 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2768 XMAS POEM or passage (Ho Ho Ho)

[3]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Friday, 7 Dec 2001 20:07:31 -0500
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From:           Chris Stroffolino <
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Date:           Friday, 07 Dec 2001 09:27:17 -0800
Subject: 12.2770 Re: XMAS Poem or Passage
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2770 Re: XMAS Poem or Passage

Thanks all----

Will see if my student "bites"......

Chris

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From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Friday, 07 Dec 2001 20:34:23 +0000
Subject: 12.2768 XMAS POEM or passage (Ho Ho Ho)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2768 XMAS POEM or passage (Ho Ho Ho)

I've enjoyed the suggestions made on this thread, with 'so hallowed and
so gracious' being the hands-down winner.

I once did a paper on the poetry of Advent/the Nativity/the Incarnation,
with the odes of Milton and Crashaw forming the central contrast: the
immediate and personal vs the cosmic implications of the events and
traditions. I'd suggest a look at these, with related poems of Vaughan,
Herrick, Donne, even Southwell's 'The Burning Babe'.

But more immediately, I'd love to know, Chris, what were some of these:

>dept. chair and I had fun thinking of absurd passages that WOULDN'T
>work----

Best to everyone, and God rest ye merry --

Nancy Charlton

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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Friday, 7 Dec 2001 20:07:31 -0500
Subject: 12.2770 Re: XMAS Poem or Passage
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2770 Re: XMAS Poem or Passage

The second quatrain of sonnet 52 neatly refers to seasonal feasts and
bright jewels. The rest of the sonnet is something of a stretch for your
purpose:

        So am I as the rich whose blessed key,
        Can bring him to his sweet uplocked treasure,
        The which he will not ev'ry hour survey,
        For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure.
        Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare,
        Since seldom coming in the long year set,
        Like stones of worth they thinly placed are,
        Or captaine jewels in the carcanet.
        So is the time that keeps you as my chest,
        Or as the wardrobe which the robe doth hide,
        To make some special instant special blest,
        By new unfolding his imprison'd pride.
        Blessed are you whose worthiness gives scope,
        Being had to triumph, being lacked to hope.

Clifford

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