|prescience\ PREE-shuns; PREE-shee-uns; PRESH-uns; |
PRESH-ee-uns; PREE-see-uns; PRES-ee-uns \ , noun;
1. Knowledge of events before they take place; foresight.
-- prescient adjective
Wednesday, March 23, 2011--Used by permission of Matt Lassen
Midweek Motif ~ Prescience / Foresight
Unlike Sherlock Holmes' mysteries which untangle the past, prescience untangles the future. Is prescience supernatural, coincidence, scientific, fiction? All of the above? I do not think I would want to know my future, but I have both consulted horoscopes and read Tarot in the past. However this motif informs your poem, I want details!
Today I am inspired by these three:
"Every invention began as an imagination.”
From Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936). Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. 1912–22.
|By Margaret Widdemer|
And from The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
(Next week's Midweek Motif will be famous birthdays.)