March (1895) Isaac Levitan
This is the only one written in 1878.
I Martius am! Once first, and now the third!
To lead the Year was my appointed place;
A mortal dispossessed me by a word,
And set there Janus with the double face.
Hence I make war on all the human race;
I shake the cities with my hurricanes;
I flood the rivers and their banks efface,
And drown the farms and hamlets with my rains.
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The Snow Queen sits on her star-spangled throne by Dugald Walker (1914)
It all started with a rose.
The rose was a symbol.
It symbolized the connection between a boy and a girl.
And the reason she ended up in tears had little to do with the boy, and a lot more to do with the Snow Queen.
At one point, the girl would meet an enchantress who would comb her hair
. . . and in doing so, cast a spell that caused her to forget all about him.
The Enchantress and Her Garden by Dugald Walker (1914)
The girl spent part of the summer in the enchantress’s beautiful garden, and she was very happy . . .
. . . until by chance she saw a rose . . .
. . . that brought all the memory back.
Note: the timing of this post is meant to tie in with both
Women’s History Month and the Persian New Year known as Nowruz or Norooz.
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Fritware wall panel now in the Louvre, 1500s-1600s, showing entertainment in a garden (similar to this one at the Victoria and Albert Museum)
The word “paradise” comes from an
old Persian word that means “a walled garden.” The intent of that walled garden, however, was indeed to create an earthly paradise. At the beginning of the Old Testament, Genesis 2 mentions four rivers in the Garden of Eden, so these spaces were traditionally divided into quadrants, known as chahar bagh. In addition, so was the country.
That design sounds formal, and often these areas were courtyards with pavilions and elaborate tile work. You might wonder: what did Persians plant there? Most had rows of trees such as cypresses, sycamores, or date palms, possibly low boxwood hedges, and perhaps sycamores, beeches, lindens, palms, or other trees such as mimosa or redbud at intersecting points or just planted around for shade. But despite its formal tendencies, Read more