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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


Hard to Believe We Began the 20th Century Like This..


Blog Posted:12/9/2012 7:40:00 AM
Here's is another author that i was lulled to sleep with and this write is also permantly impressed in my psyche.







English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.

788.  The Children’s Hour

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)


BETWEEN the dark and the daylight,
  When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day’s occupations,
  That is known as the Children’s Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me        5
  The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
  And voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight,
  Descending the broad hall stair,        10
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
  And Edith with golden hair.

A whisper, and then a silence:
  Yet I know by their merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together        15
  To take me by surprise.

A sudden rush from the stairway,
  A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
  They enter my castle wall!        20

They climb up into my turret
  O’er the arms and back of my chair;
If I try to escape, they surround me;
  They seem to be everywhere.

They almost devour me with kisses,        25
  Their arms about me entwine,
Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen
  In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!

Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,
  Because you have scaled the wall,        30
Such an old mustache as I am
  Is not a match for you all!

I have you fast in my fortress,
  And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon        35
  In the round-tower of my heart.

And there will I keep you forever,
  Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
  And moulder in dust away!        40

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  1. Date: 12/10/2012 4:39:00 PM
    One of the first poems I partially memorized was Paul Revere's Ride, and, again, one of the reason's he was the most famous American poets during his time is because he wrote so the average person could understand as opposed to some of the writings that couldn't be enjoyed without being translated to everyday language.

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  1. Date: 12/10/2012 10:12:00 AM
    How absolutely lovely! Yes, I've read this many times and each time I am newly smitten. When I visit used book stores and search through the poetry sections (something I rarely get to do now lol), I must force myself away from the dear and dead poets and venture towards the unknown, the local poets who perhaps self-published or some of our lesser known national poets. It is difficult to tear myself from such gems as these, the recognized rhymes and sentimental art which made me a fan of poetry in the first place and encouraged my pen. Thanks for sharing, sis. The place is a mess, Verity has a mild cold and I'll let you know as soon as your package arrives. Crazy cuckoo here! xox

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 1:01:00 PM
    Yes Phyll it brings back so many loving memories..the eternal father & child imagery!

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 1:00:00 PM
    Oh Andie it was my Mom's era..though I do have a good bit of it memorized from her re-telling so often!

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 12:22:00 PM
    Nice to read this poem from days past. love phyl

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 11:07:00 AM
    I had never seen this before, Debs. It was not quite in my school year. heehee. I really enjoyed this one. Such imagination Longfellow had.

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 8:14:00 AM
    Try Paul Revers Ride & Evangline Jack many children where take both histtory and geography by reciting Longfellow Hiawatha too!

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 8:11:00 AM
    Who else do you like David?

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 7:58:00 AM
    Debbie yep very good, but still Wordsworth for me...David

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 7:53:00 AM
    I didn't know this one, Debs, so thanks for posting. I must check out more of his work

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 7:46:00 AM
    This brings a smile Debbie especially since I just barely posted a Christmas related blog about him--funny but he was actually criticized by his peers for writing too simply to appeal to the masses--but it worked!!

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  1. Date: 12/9/2012 7:42:00 AM
    When my mother went to school, this was English, children learned meter by recitation, they didn't get to be adults without understanding what meter was? The concept of meter, can be tiaght through math, music, and writing!

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