sumer is icumen in, lhude sing cucu!

nydolls1973's picture

That's from a poem from 1295 or something. I got a sudden interest in old english poems today in the library. And even though I already knew the poem from trying to find the Ezra Pound satirical remix, I still got this thick thick book of poems from the 13th to 19th century.
I was in the library forever. I spent a disproportionate amount of time there. I really get into the nonfiction, namely the politics and poetry, but as soon as I get home, the books lose all potential to me.
But since my TV was sacrificed I will have more reason to read. It's hard to read a boring book though; that's why I got like 10.
I'm listening to Public Image Ltd. It's bringing me back to 9th grade. I listened to Public Image Ltd., Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, The Stooges, David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Dead Kennedys, The Clash, and the Ramones. When I was 13 I listened to Cream, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and The Doors. Then in 10th grade I listened to Mott the Hoople and Velvet Underground and David Bowie. I was so into glam rock.
It's interesting.

But enough about me. I spent a good part of the day stabbing the wall today. We're trying to get all the plaster off the walls in the living room because my mom is insane and decided to take it all off when such lengths are in fact unnecessary. But we're repainting it orange.

Still mad that I won't have a car next year.
Still mad that CC has a job and I don't.
Still mad that I don't have anyone to do stuff with, which could possibly be the cause of me feeling so old these days. In 9th grade I was cool but now.....I'm shrivelling. Not like I had friends then either, but things seemed to go better. I'm so boring.
Still feeling resentful.
Still hate hearing about people getting jobs, boyfriends, girlfriends, going out of town, doing things, etc.
Still can't wait to go back to school.

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bulldyke's picture

Actually, just to show off

Actually, just to show off and all, the line from the poem looks like it comes from Middle English, not Old. Most of Middle English is pretty much ledgilbe, it just looks like a two year old spelled it, whereas Old English bears little resemblence to what we know now as our language.

But if the book says it was Old English, let me know. I could be wrong. lol

Bulldyke
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nydolls1973's picture

Well, I don't know, but

Well, I don't know, but here's another line:
"cuccu, cuccu,well singes thu, cuccu,
ne swike thu naver nu"
I just found out it's in fact from 1226.
It could be middle english because there are in fact a very limited number of footnotes in explanation.

This is my new favorite poem from 1300:
THE IRISH DANCER
Ich am of Irlaunde,
Ant of the holy londe
Of Irlande
Gode sire, pray ich the,
For of saynte charité ,
Come ant daunce wyth me
In Irlaunde
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the anti-philosophy of spontaneous acrobatics / tristan tzara