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Here is one from A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L'Engle. I'm thinking of you, suzan_s!

I fill you with Naming.
Be, butterfly and behemoth,
be galaxy and grasshopper,
star and sparrow,
you matter,
you are,
Be, caterpillar and comet,
be pocupine and planet,
sea sand and solar system,
sing with us,
dance with us,
rejoice with us,
for the glory of creation,
sea gulls and seraphim
angle worms and angel host,
chrysanthemum and cherubim
(O cherubim)
Sing for the glory
of the living and the loving
the flaming of creation
sing with us
dance with us
be with us

From The Rope Trick, by Lloyd Alexander

     He looked nothing like the descriptions Pompadoro and 
the others had given her, but she knew him instantly. She ran to 
     "Feramondo," she said. It was not a question.
     "So you found me." The man smiled. "I thought you would. 
In fact, I was expecting you."



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Aug. 6th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you, thank you....I love it.
Aug. 6th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Maybe you can help me. The L'Engle qoute reminds me that someone once told me that L'Engle said, "if you really loved something you had to name it." I could never find the quote and wonder if this quote that you posted is what she was talking about. Any ideas?
Aug. 6th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
That notion definitely seems like it has to come from this book, or like she must have said it in relation to this book. In this story, the evil force is a force of negation and nothingness, and the poem-song is the heroine's way of defeating the nothingness by giving it something to be. But throughout the story, people name things--there is a cherubim (a singular entity even though "cherubim" is the plural for cherub) who had as one of his tasks in the past to learn all the names of all the stars--so that there would be at least someone who knew them all by name.
Aug. 8th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for that, thats lovely. I think I know how Madeleine L'Engle feels to a cirtain degree (in that I translate the poem in my own way).

How did you become so educated in literature?
Aug. 8th, 2006 09:55 am (UTC)
For these particular books, the first one I read as a kid. It's the sequel to an old fantasy/sci fi story called A Wrinkle in Time, which I really liked. The second is by an author I really like, so I read everything new that he writes, and that book (The Rope Trick) really moved me. So, I don't think it's that I'm so educated in literature, I just talk about the stuff I like :-)
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