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Re: For Iris Shakespeare fiends - I mmeaaaan fans!

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: For Iris Shakespeare fiends - I mmeaaaan fans!
  • From: "Jeff and Carolyn Walters" <cwalters@cache.net>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 22:54:39 -0700 (MST)

Hi Amy! 

     You write (10 Feb 97):

> >   In the Spring a fuller crimson comes upon the  robin's breast;
> Our thug-sized orangey-breasted robins have arrived on their way to the
> more northern states.
> >   In the Spring the wanton  lapwing gets himself another crest;
> What is a lapwing?
> >   In the Spring a livelier iris cbanges on the burnish'd dove;
> Is this "iris c*h*anges" and why isn't this our iris?  iris colour?
> blue/purples?
> >   In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
> We need to move Valentine's day forward some then.  The young men around
> here don't do anything lightly and unless "love" is a euphemism...

Naturally, the birds mentioned in the quotation are English birds, familiar
to Tennyson - we'll have to get Graham to give us the official word on
them. I do know that the English Robin, though somewhat related, is a much
smaller bird than ours. As for Tennyson's lovesick swains, they seem to be
a different breed than the ones you raise in Texas, too!

Jeff Walters in northern Utah (Zone 4)

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