A Summer HAIKU

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Summer Garden … WHB – Sunbury 2019   ©

High Summer Season

The world is on holiday

While so many weep

 

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‘The Way Things Might Have Been’

[ Wednesday Replay # 2 ] 

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 ‘. . . For two years I went to the woods every night. I made a little shrine out of that spot and kept my slippers and his letter there.  I read a lot of books while thinking about him, in particular one by Hazlitt, which I didn’t fully understand, but which gave me melancholy pleasure.   Three lines I learnt by heart, reciting them over and over, as the light began to fade and my childhood with it.’

“MAN IS THE ONLY ANIMAL THAT LAUGHS AND WEEPS; FOR HE IS THE ONLY ANIMAL THAT IS STRUCK BY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT THINGS ARE AND THE WAY THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN.”

William Hazlitt,  English essayist (1778 – 1830) . . .   From  ‘Lectures on the English Comic Writers’ (1819)

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N.B.  Presumably to emphasise the wistful mood she is trying to convey, Beryl Bainbridge slightly alters the usual last phrase of the Hazlitt quote, which normally reads: ‘. . . and what they ought to be.’

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Previously blogged on 11th August 2016

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