Wednesday, October 12, 2016

In faith she does not walk in beauty

We had an assignment this week to make a "remix" in one of my grad school classes. That was the entire assignment--make a remix. Some resources were posted as far as video editing, music editing, and image editing, but people had lots of room for creativity.

I've been writing and thinking about writing more lately, and I wanted to do something with poetry. I also am really drawn to mash-ups, and while I have no musical ability, I do have familiarity with poetry.

I started by thinking of poets I liked, and who was in the public domain (since my intent was to reuse pretty much the entire poem for the ones I was mashing up). I wound up deciding on Shakespeare's Sonnet 141 and Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty. Both are love poems, though there is a certain amount of ambiguity in the Shakespearean sonnet--what I got is quite a lot different than either. What resulted is below, along with the photo I displayed with the poem in my design journal.

In faith she does not walk in beauty

In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes,
(She walks in beauty, like the night.)
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But tis my heart that loves what they despise,
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Of cloudless climes and starry skies-
she in despite of view, is pleased to dote.

She walks in beauty like the night,
Thus mellowed to that tender light.
In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes.
What heaven to gaudy day denies,
oh tis my heart that loves what they despise.

Nor are my eyes with thy tongue’s tune delighted.
One shade the more, one ray the less
Nor tender feeling to base touches prone,
Had half-impaired the nameless grace
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
To my sensual feast with thee alone.
Night softly lightens o’er her face;
In faith I do not love with mine eyes,
How pure, how clear the dwelling place
Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited.
Light waves in every raven tress--
She walks in beauty like the night.
But my five wits now my five senses can
But tell of days in goodness spent.
Who leaves unswayed the likeness of man?
A heart whose love is innocent!

She walks in beauty like the night--
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee!
Oh softly lightens o’er her face--
Thy proud heart’s slave and vassal wretch to be.
She walks in beauty like the night.
In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes,
It half-impaired that nameless grace,
Of cloudless climes and starry skies.

The smiles that win, the tints that glow--
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
A mind at peace with all below.
And she that makes me sin, awards me pain.
She walks in beauty like the night--
In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes.
And all that’s best of dark and bright--
But tis my eyes that loves what heart despise.

Image by Johnnie Johnson, CC BY-NC 2.0

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Feast for for Five Kings

Hello poppets! I am indeed a bad blogger, but I recently hosted a Game of Thrones premiere party and wanted to share my decorations with you!

I believe Balon Greyjoy, in S6E2, was the first person on screen to refer to the conflict in Westeros as "The War of the Five Kings", and though there are considerably fewer kings now, I think the party was still a success, don't you?

If you're unfamiliar with the cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire, or the blog that spawned it, take some time to peruse the recipes. If your mouth isn't watering within a few minutes, you must be a White Walker. I built a menu entirely from the cookbook, using the Roman, Medieval, or Elizabethan version of the recipe (and then spent far too much time designing the menu) and invited some friends over to watch the premiere. (Raven clipart from somewhere on the web, awesome House sigils graphic from somewhere else.)

There were House swizzle sticks to mark your wine glass (House banners with instructions for assembly from Inn at the Crossroads, twine, feathers I had lying around).

And a tablescape worthy of a king or five. House banners again from Inn at the Crossroads. Foam blocks wrapped in antique map tissue paper and covered in fake berry sprays from a Christmas Tree Shops Christmas wreath I found at Good Will and dismantled. Ribbons and fake Christmas berry garland wrapped around candles, with a gold bowl inside filled with pinecones, more of the fake fruit, and some loose fake flowers that fell off the garlands. Potpourri from Home Goods and fake gems from Party City for table scatter.

There were drinks (not pictured, the Meereenese honey-sweetened wine and iced green minty drink, as those were both chilling) at the bar...

And plenty of mood lighting. Garlands and fake flowers from Joann's or made from paper, with added ribbons in gold, white, or red. Weirwood tree was a Good Will find (I think it was originally an Easter egg tree) with a light up spray from Joann's clearance section. Dragon eggs are clearance Easter eggs from Joann's, and the blue rose tells you all you need to know about my opinion on Jon Snow's parentage!

Houses great and small were represented...(banners from SomeFunPrints)

And the bathroom was well-stocked with concoctions. (Shade of Evening and Dornish Red wine bottle labels--see the bar above from Jellyfish Soup, Wildfire and Milk of the Poppy labels hand calligraphy by me. Hey, if you're going to relabel your Poo-pourri, do it in theme!)

After a dinner of Sansa Salad (which calls for edible flowers--I substituted strawberry roses), cheese and onion pie, and peaches in honey, and a dessert of Arya's Snitched Tarts and Cream Swans...

We removed to the living room, to watch in style.

The only bad thing is now I wanted to do it all over again with improvements for the season finale!