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WINTER GOOD, WINTER BAD?

It isn't winter, but it feels just a little like it. Also, I have reached the winter poems in the Random House Treasury of Best-Loved Poems. Today's poem by Robert Southey, Winter Portrait, examines the different faces of winter.



Winter Portrait by Robert Southey

A wrinkled, crabbed man they picture thee,
Old Winter, with a rugged beard as gray
As the long moss upon the apple tree;
Blue lipped, an ice drop at thy sharp blue nose,
Close muffled up, and on they dreary way
Plodding alone through sleet and drifting snows.
They should have drawn they by the high-leaped hearth,
Old Winter! seated in thy great armed chair,
Watching the children at their Christmas mirth.

While winter isn't my favorite season, I do enjoy it. I love the snow, blazing fireplaces and the smell of woodsmoke. I love snuggling under the down comforter or on the sofa, reading a book while sipping hot chocolate. I love walking the dog, leaving our footprints in the snow.

My winter isn't an old man at all, but rather a red-cheeked young woman wearing an ankle-length, white faux-fur coat, ear-muffs and mittens, laughing and running through the snow. What's your winter?

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writerjenn
Nov. 21st, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think of winter as personified. Mostly my feeling is: I hate cold, but if it has to be cold, it might as well snow. I love snow. Cold without snow is pointless. Though icicles can be pretty!
angeladegroot
Nov. 22nd, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, snow rules. I love the stuff. Probably has something to do with the fact that we didn't get snow in South Africa (once every 20 years, maybe!). I love white Christmasses for that very reason - it was usually 85 degrees and sunny at Xmas time when I was a kid.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 21st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Oh! Your winter sounds so pretty. And cheerful. Rather like you, in that, come to think of it.

I think my winter is more like a young boy, although he might be a sprite or pixie-like being. Not sure.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 21st, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I hope you've read Snow is My Favorite and My Best with your younger son. (It's a Charlie & Lola book.)
angeladegroot
Nov. 22nd, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
We read it, at your recommendation, I'm sure. Little S is a Charlie and Lola fan.
angeladegroot
Nov. 22nd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Not a gnome?
kellyrfineman
Nov. 22nd, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Gnomes may like to play in the snow, but they don't MAKE the snow.

Humph.
angeladegroot
Nov. 22nd, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
No, but put a red hat on Old Man Winter and he just might look like a gnome - a testy, cranky one.
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