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...but it seems I do.  Here's an excerpt from 'Childe Harold' - another poetical serendipitous stumblement; I spotted it on an LJ profile that I was nosy enough to check out after reading something someone posted in a community.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.

- Lord Byron

Yes, there it is, pinned down exactly and concisely by a very naughty man from a coupla hundred years ago. ;-)  Now if only my time machine wasn't in the shop... ^_^


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Oct. 20th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I love those first few lines and I couldn't agree more with the sentiments.
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Indeed, and they only get truer with age, I think...
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Wow. If that's true, I think I'll be a hermit by the time I'm 30 XD
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
I've always rather liked the idea of being a hermit. Y'know - nice well-appointed grotto; occasional visits from aristocrats and poets; wireless internet; tea and cake every day at four p.m.... Hmm, perhaps I'm idealising it a little... >_<
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Beautifully expressed!
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yes... I've always avoided Lord Byron (it seemed like a good idea...) but now I'm quite curious about his poetry.
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
I quite like one or two of his; he's got a nice turn of phrase here and there.
Oct. 20th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Nice turn of phrase, eh...? I really do need to read more poetry... *is not well read*
Oct. 20th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I don't read much! I like Poe and John Donne; that's about it...
Oct. 21st, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
pet lunatic: Have you ever heard Poe's stories spoken in Italian? Very sensual ... in a er, creepy deranged sort of way. :)
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Lol! No, I haven't, but it sounds very interesting!
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
pet lunatic: Out of curiosity I went to youtube and typed in "Giancarlo Giannini" and up popped a list of Mr. Giannini reciting Edgar Allan Poe's stories in Italian ... sounded sexy to my ears. Whoa, that's two words you don't see together every day: "sexy" and "Edgar Allan Poe." :P
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Hehe, trust you to make that particular connection! ;-P
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Sounds intriguing - I'll have a look, thank you!
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
That is so beautiful and true... I have similar sentiments often. I was going to post in your earlier entry about nature how very beautifully you wrote and how I shared your sentiments. But I somehow never got around to actually posting that comment. Thank you for sharing those lines.
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you. :-) You are very kind. I actually spent yesterday trying to write an entry that equated pretty much to what this poem says, but it all turned very rambly and silly, so I set it to private... and then today I happened upon these words. :-) Strange how that happens sometimes!
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
song of copper: I should be commenting on the lovely ode to nature poem by Lord Byron--but I'm not! I'm distracted and mesmerized by the man in your icon userpic with the lynx eyes. Wow, WHO IS THIS GORGEOUS CREATURE! *jaw drops*
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
That would be Christian Vander (also featured in this icon), the World's Greatest Drummer, leader of my favourite band (Magma) and inventor of his own language to boot (Kobaïan). I am sorry to say that time has not been awfully kind to him, looks wise; but in his youth - from certain angles - well, he had a certain... je ne sais quoi. ;-P (Oh yes - and he's French!) That is my favourite picture of him. :-)

Along with this one... So funny. >_<
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
song of copper: I like the pic of him standing on a volcano oblivious to the hot liquid magma bursting behind him. RUN, monsieur Vander, RUN! Ah, il est tres beau (uh, I don't know my French, sorry).
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, the space ship is on its way (the music has a delightful concept about people going off to another planet to start an enlightened civilisation... ah, the 1970s!). ;-P

One last flattering portrait: here.

(Often, he just looks scary...)
Oct. 21st, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
song of copper: LOL! Ah, the 1970s were wacky. My goodness, he looks SEXY in that last flattering portrait.
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Yes, the 1970s... decade of weirdness and/or quirkiness... ah, I was totally born out of my time! ;-P

My theory on CV is that he doesn't like having his photo taken. He hardly ever smiles in a posed photograph, and sometimes the non-smile migrates into a little... smoulder.

I can only conclude that more people should refuse to smile in photos. ;-)
Oct. 21st, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
Oh for a bit of pleasure in the pathless woods ;)
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Hahahaha!! Tsk, trust you to lower the tone! ;-P

Actually... I did consider putting in a note to the effect that 'I wonder if that line's a double entendre... Byron, dear, come and ramble in my pathless wood...' uh... but... I didn't. UNTIL NOW!! ;-D
Oct. 21st, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
:) Well to be fair that was not the first thought that came into my head. It actually sat better with my whole existential crisis :)
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