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Ceres' Runaway and Other Essays

By Meynell, Alice

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Title: Ceres' Runaway and Other Essays  
Author: Meynell, Alice
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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CERES' RUNAWAY: One can hardly be dull possessing the pleasant imaginary picture of a Municipality hot in chase of a wild crop -- at least while the charming quarry escapes, as it does in Rome. The Municipality does not exist that would be nimble enough to overtake the Roman growth of green in the high places of the city. It is true that there have been the famous captures -- those in the Colosseum, and in the Baths of Caracalla; moreover a less conspicuous running to earth takes place on the Appian Way, in some miles of the solitude of the Campagna, where men are employed in weeding the roadside. They slowly uproot the grass and lay it on the ancient stones -- rows of little corpses -- for sweeping up, as at Upper Tooting; one wonders why. The governors of the city will not succeed in making the Via Appia look busy, or its stripped stones suggestive of a thriving commerce. Again, at the cemetery within the now torn and shattered Aurelian wall by the Porta San Paolo, they are often mowing of buttercups. A light of laughing flowers along the grass is spread, says Shelley, whose child lies between Keats and the pyramid. But a couple of active scythes are kept at work there summer and spring -- not that the grass is long, for it is much overtopped by the bee-orchis, but because flowers are not to laugh within reach of the civic vigilance.

Table of Contents
· CERES' RUNAWAY · A VANQUISHED MAN · A NORTHERN FANCY · LAUGHTER · HARLEQUIN MERCUTIO · THE LITTLE LANGUAGE · ANIMA PELLEGRINA! · THE SEA WALL · THE DAFFODIL · ADDRESSES · THE AUDIENCE · TITHONUS · THE TOW PATH · THE TETHERED CONSTELLATIONS · POPULAR BURLESQUE · DRY AUTUMN · THE PLAID · TWO BURDENS · THE UNREADY · THE CHILD OF TUMULT

 

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