Category Archives: Poetry

Site Maintenance

Well, I recently posted some security fixes to the photo log (plog) portion of the site and now WordPress has announced their 2.0 release is official, which means I’ll be doing some fiddling over the next few hours to test and perhaps migrate the site. I’m excited about all the new features, but what really caught my eye was the little slogan at the bottom of the WordPress site:

Code is Poetry

Excellent! Although if it were up to me I would suggest they change this to “Secure Code is Poetry”, since a lot of code is just plain crap, and crap really isn’t poetry at all. I mean you have to draw the line somewhere, right?

A Poison Tree

by William Blake

I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I waterd it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole.
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see,
My foe outstretchd beneath the tree.

the spelling of emily dickinson

It is rare that society and those who are in a position of power are ready to accept things that are new from people they see as odd, different or perhaps just less well-endowed. A publishing history of her work tells and interesting story of how Emily Dickinson’s poems often succumbed to the whim of big publishers who wanted to impose their own views, perhaps because they saw her unusual work as “sophmoric” and unpolished:

Mabel Loomis Todd and T.W. Higginson prepared the first volume of Dickinson’s poems for publication; it appeared in 1890 as Poems. Todd (the primary editor) freely altered Dickinson’s spelling, punctuation, and wording to make her poems conform with 1890s poetic conventions.

It took almost a hundred years before her work was widely accessible in an unadulterated form, free from spoil and intervention by those who claimed to have the public’s best intentions in mind.