April Love 1855-6
By Arthur Hughes
Oil on canvas painting
This is Hughes’s best-known work. It was exhibited in 1856, accompanied by a quotation from Tennyson’s poem The Millers’ Daughter, whose theme is the frailty of young love. The picture is not a direct illustration of the poem, but echoes its theme, the fallen rose petals symbolizing love’s transience. The ivy, however, as a symbol of eternal life, may indicate the possibilities of salvation in the next world whatever the trials and tribulations of earthly existence. John Ruskin, the great champion of Pre-Raphaelitism of which Hughes was a leading exponent, was deeply impressed by the picture, and sought to acquire it. However, it was bought instead by William Morris.
THE MILLER'S DAUGHTER
By: Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
T is the miller's daughter,
And she is grown so dear, so dear,
That I would be the jewel
That trembles in her ear:
For hid in ringlets day and night,
I'd touch her neck so warm and white.
And I would be the girdle
About her dainty dainty waist,
And her heart would beat against me,
In sorrow and in rest:
And I should know if it beat right,
I'd clasp it round so close and tight.
And I would be the necklace,
And all day long to fall and rise
Upon her balmy bosom,
With her laughter or her sighs:
And I would lie so light, so light,
I scarce should be unclasp'd at night.
Candy Land 1949
While Eleanor Abbott of San Diego, California was recuperating from polio in the 1940s, she occupied herself with devising games and activities for youngsters who had polio. One of her inventions was called "Candy Land." Her young friends liked the game so much; she submitted it to Milton Bradley Company where it was immediately accepted. Since then, Candy Land has been recognized internationally as a "child's first game."
I hope all of you are having a great weekend. Now I am off in search of a personal lollipop ;0)
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