Wednesday 20 August 2014

Little Gnome Weather Fact #1

August 20th 1795 The Aeolian Harp and Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

While sitting in a garden in Somerset, the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge listens to the mysterious tones created by the Aeolian harp a stringed instrument played by the wind alone.  This ‘transposing of the spirit of the wind’ inspires a poem.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘And that simplest lute, plac`d length-ways in the clasping casement, hark! How by the desultory breeze caress`d, like some coy maid half-yielding to her lover, It pours such sweet upbraiding’   

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