Hello, all! I have posted in this community before, see this post, and I've just recently (yesterday, in fact) gotten a new literary quote that I'm so in love with.
My obsession with and love for Allen Ginsberg began when I was thirteen years old and picked up an anthology of modern American poetry from a garage sale. I read "America" and immediately became obsessed...and here I am six years later, finally bearing a small tribute to my favourite poet. The poem this line is from is titled "An Eastern Ballad", and is among his early works (published in 1949, he wrote "Howl" in 1954-1955). Getting this line made sense to me in so many ways, but mostly I love the idea of young Allen Ginsberg writing this beautiful poem with absolute no idea who he was and who he would become...just a young kid, basically. This appealed to me. A lot. I can identify with marvelling at the universe but still knowing so little about it.
An Eastern Ballad
I speak of love that comes to mind:
The moon is faithful, although blind;
She moves in thought she cannot speak.
Perfect care has made her bleak.
I never dreamed the sea so deep,
The earth so dark; so long my sleep,
I have become another child.
I wake to see the world go wild.
- Allen Ginsberg.
Oh my, I absolutely love that. And the poems is one of my favorites! The curve of the line is just so lovely.
An aside--part of me was scared it was going to be the first lines of Howl. Not that I don't love Howl, but that particular stanza is so ubiquitous lately. The last person I talked to about it told me he had gotten the tattoo "after this really cool movie." He had no idea that Allen Ginsberg was a real person, nor that he had ever written anything else.
thanks a lot!
i understand what you mean when you say that, i think i feel similarly. although "howl" is an extremely familiar and incredible poem for me, picking a single line out of it would have been nearly impossible. i did contemplate simply getting the word howl itself, and maybe i will one day, but who knows! it's also difficult to find a line i love that isn't mildly inappropriate...oh allen.
that person sounds like my worst nightmare, but in retrospect the joke is pretty much entirely on him.