Thursday, July 2, 2009
"Look it up in the dictionary!!" (to you, Kelley, if you're reading this.) VOCABULARY (once a teacher, always a teacher...especially at The Residence). OK, here goes...duplicity: n. (pl.--ties) 1: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech or action; esp.: the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action 2: the quality or state of being double or twofold. coerce: L., coercere, fr. co - + arcere - to shut up, enclose. more at ARK. 1: to restrain or dominate by nullifying ind. will 2: to compel to an act or choice. prejudice: L. praejudicium - previous judgement, damage. 1: injury or damage resulting from some judgement or action of another in disregard of one's rights; esp detriment to one's legal rights or claims. 2a (2): an opinion or leaning adverse to anything without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge. c: an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics. syn see PREDILECTION. hypocrisy - Gk hypokrisis - act of playing a part on the stage. 1: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not, esp: the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion. covert: n la: hiding place: SHELTER. covert: adj. [OF couvrir - to cover] 1: not openly shown, engaged in, or avowed: VEILED. scrutiny: [L scrutinum fr. scrutari to search, examine] 3: close watch: SURVEILLANCE. duress: [ME duresse, fr. MF duresse - hardness, severity] forcible restraint or restriction 2: compulsion by threat: specif: unlawful contraint. leer: n: a lascivious, knowing, or wanton look. launder: vb 1: to wash (as clothes) in water 2: to make ready for use by washing and ironing. vi: to wash or wash and iron clothing or household linens - launderer. virtuoso: fr. LL virtuosus virtuous, fr. L virtus 1: an experimenter or investigator esp. in the arts and sciences: SAVANT 2: one skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts 3: one who excels in the technique of an art; esp: a higly skilled musical performer (as on the violin) virtuous: 1: POTENT, EFFICACIOUS. 2a: having or exhibiting virtue b: morally excellent: RIGHTEOUS 3: CHASTE syn see MORAL. Why don't YOU step out from that lens,my friend? And capsize, with all the lies, that YOU'VE been living in????Denise...Denise Dances...2009. firstname.lastname@example.org. * * *
NOTORIETY: "On Millay"-- Edna St. Vincent Millay, her childhood: Born in 1892, Coast of Maine. Parents divorced. Father decamped. Mother, a visiting nurse and itinerant hairweaver. Three sisters; Edna being the eldest, Norma, and Kathleen. Edna's diary consisted of imaginary parents and friends, representative of the security she lacked, providing the escape she longed for. She participated in local theater, acting and touring as a young girl. While attending college at Vassar, she wrote and starred in school plays. "Behind the flamboyant self-presentation is a quieter, less certain autobiography -- the small, sweating actress inside the heavy lion costume." While in college, she was known for "torrid affairs with girls at school" and "tepid flings with older men who might help her career." While living in Greenwich Village, upon college graduation, she became "the talk of the town." She took writers as lovers -- such as: Floyd Dell, Edmund Wilson, John Peale Bishop, and Arthur Davison Ficke -- men in a position to teach and help her. Her antiwar play, "Aria da Capo" -- was enacted by the Provincetown Players -- a sold-out success! In 1923, she was the first woman to win a Pulitzer prize for poetry, for, I believe, "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver." The infamous poem "Renascence" didn't win the coveted prize, but instead bought her a full scholarship to Vassar. Also, in 1923, she married Eugen Boissevain, a Dutch importer 12 years her senior. "Millay spared no one in her drive to create the havoc her poems feed on, and then to surround herself with the solitude to work that chaos into shimmering lines...Scandal, of course, only enhanced her celebrity." While vacationing in Florida to finish a new book, the hotel burned down, her manuscript of "Conversation at Midnight" in ashes. But in 1937, she salvaged it by rewriting it, and it is included in my source, "Edna St. Vincent Millay: Selected Poems," edited by J.D. McClatchy; American Poets Project, The Library of America, Copyright 2003. In 1936, a car accident left her in pain which led to dependence on drugs. Her husband died in 1949. A year later, at her home, Steepletop in upstate New York, she sat at the top of the staircase, drinking a bottle of wine. She fell down the stairs, and broke her neck, dead at age 58 in 1950. She had pencilled a ring around the last three lines of a new poem in her notebook -- as ironic as her poetry -- "I will control myself, or go inside. I will not flaw perfection with my grief, Handsome, this day: no matter who has died." Ending notes: "She looked like a candle: small, intense, pale, with hair the color of fire. And in a voice surprisingly deep and exquisitely controlled, she would read her latest poem...through always fragile health and neurotic temperament." By 1912, at age 18, she was already famous. Praised and admired throughout the decades of the 1920s and 30s, between wars, a celebrity, she reached acclaim; and praised for her virtuosity. As a child, she read voraciously. At age 16, she wrote poems into a brown copybook and presented to her mother, "The Poetical Works of Vincent Millay." She was born on February 22, 1892 in Rockland, Maine. (Pisces, of course.) For more info, go to: http://www.americanpoetsproject.org.