Friday, February 18, 2011

FULL MOON OF FEBRUARY 2011 AND THE QUESTION ABOUT POETS AND THE MOON





















(Moon over the Mountains by Lynn Hamilton Rutherford)


MOON REACHES FULLNESS  on February 18, 2011.  
According to The Farmer’s Almanac, this is The Full Snow Moon. Full Snow Moon is the most popular name, however,  because of the challenge and difficulty of hunting in winter, the Algonquin tribe chose the name Full Hunger Moon.  The Cherokee named February’s moon Full Bony Moon.
THE QUESTION  - POETS AND THE MOON
A question I have often asked is, do poets pay more attention to the moon than others do?  So far, there has not been much discussion on the topic, but I do think second to scientists. Almost all practicing poets have a moon poem. The poet of the month of February on this site Helen Lass has or will have seven poems reprinted here before the end of the month. All seven poems have a reference to moon. I hope you will read them. I’m fascinated with Mary Oliver’s moon poems.  I also like Christina’s Rosetti’s moon poem.(below)
Is the moon tired? she looks so pale
Within her misty veil:
She scales the sky from east to west,
And takes no rest.
Before the coming of the night
The moon shows papery white;
Before the dawning of the day
She fades away.
From Sing-Song by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
  

1 comment:

Joan Ellen Gage said...

I enjoyed Christine's poem. I do think about the moon as something more romantic than scientific.