Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Claret Day!

Many thanks to LJ user Spyderfyngers, aka Verity, for letting me quote this from her verbatim:

"It's May the 5th: Rossetti Claret Day!

To explain: A few months ago, I was lucky enough to visit the British Library and handle four of Rossetti's notebooks as part of research for my MA. It was an extraordinary experience. I trembled like nothing on earth. In amongst the scraps of poetry and nonsensical comments about insects, I came across this Highly Important little note:

5 May - CLARET

The bold lettering, the underlining: this is, without a doubt, a sign to buy a cheap bottle of plonk and take the day off work to lie on the floor and meditate on the virtues of the petrarchan sonnet.

I hereby declare May the fifth an annual international holiday! Hit the bottle and squeeze a marsupial!"



Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What a cool experience for you to enter into someone's world at this time of history! And what a gorgeous piece of art...you have a great job, Grace!!!! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thanks for the information on the gold Sharpie, Grace! I need to find something to make my give-away book for the play...I have been so busy with school and my job that I haven't had a quiet moment to start it, but I need to find a good pen to write out the text. I will check out your latest find; it looks lovely on your box! Have a magical day, Anita

Medieval Muse said...

See, I knew I loved the PRB aside from their artwork. A wino after my own heart:)

Grace said...

LOL Lisa :D