by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
I’m excited! Today marks the start of The Mnemosyne Weekly (click here for pronunciation). If you’re wondering what that means, it’s simple: I’ve decided to memorize one poem a week, and I’m inviting you to jump in my chariot and come along for the ride.
The poets may invoke the muses when they write, but we are invoking the muses’ mother, Mnemosyne, who is also the goddess of memory.
Please feel free to participate at whatever level feels comfortable to you. Memorize when you can, and when you can’t (we all have those weeks!), join us for the discussion anyway. Some things you can do to participate are:
- Memorize the poem with me
- Comment on the poem (We will keep these comments positive. The point is to celebrate poetry.)
- Suggest poems for memorization (But please do not suggest your own)
- Share links to the weekly on your own blogs and social media sites
- Share the weekly with family, students, and friends
- Share any information you know about the poem or poet
Look at the birds. Even flying
out of nothing. The first sky
is inside you, open
at either end of day.
The work of wings
was always freedom, fastening
one heart to every falling thing.
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