“It was not Death, for I stood up,
And all the Dead, lie down —
It was not Night, for all the Bells
Put out their Tongues, for Noon.
It was not Frost, for on my Flesh
I felt Siroccos — crawl — ” (Emily Dickinson)
We are all Irish today, right? Saint Patrick’s Day is a worldwide celebration of Irish culture which also commemorates Saint Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who lived during the fifth century.
I do not have a lot of green in my closet and some of the tops below look slightly blue even though they are actually green.
Before the Guinness
After the Guinness
In all seriousness, I have not had any beer, yet! But I definitely plan to later today (just one).
My husband (who is truly Irish) bought me two tops to wear today to a local Irish Pub. Which one should I wear?
Paddy’s Irish Pub–this is inspired by the show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
As you know, I love all things related to Emily Dickinson. Did you know that Emily shared her kitchen with an Irish immigrant for the last 17 years of her life? Her name was Margaret Maher (known as Maggie). Emily wrote in the kitchen while cooking with Maggie, her maidservant, and entrusted her with her cherished poems.
Maggie spent her life around people who wrote and she also had a creative writing ability of her own. She occasionally wrote letters and poems to which Emily would respond with her own poetry. This caused a bond to form between the two women resulting in Emily storing her poems in Maggie’s trunk, an authentic Irish trunk brought over from Ireland. (Irish Central Maid as Muse)
In spite of the fact that Emily asked Maggie to destroy the poems upon her death, she could not bring herself to destroy a lifetime of Emily’s work. She turned to Emily’s brother who agreed that they should be saved.
It is also noted that Emily’s Irish servants influenced her poetry. The poem quoted above is an example of the way people in Ireland speak English. According to Eife Murray, “That poem and that grammatical structure, it is classically the way people in Ireland speak English.” (Influence of Servants on Emily Dickinson’s Poems)