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1. Tea Party

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2. Mad Tea Party

This is my entry for Mad Tea Party.


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3. Mad Tea Party MA

I decided to "redo" my original post with a different twist.

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4. Are We Giving Free Rei(g)n to New Spellings?

zimmer.jpgOn Tuesday, in celebration of National Dictionary Day, ABC World News with Charles Gibson ran a piece about how some old expressions are being respelled (and reimagined) in new ways. They had me on to say a few words about how such respellings sometimes become so common that they make their way into the hallowed pages of Oxford’s dictionaries. (You can watch the webcast version of the segment here.) The whole thing was inspired by an OUPblog column I wrote a few months ago, “Shifting Idioms: An Eggcornucopia.” With the help of some amusing animated characters, ABC News correspondent Robert Krulwich took a look at a few of the “eggcorns” I discussed, namely vocal chords (vs. vocal cords), free reign (vs. free rein), and shoe-in (vs. shoo-in). Despite the light-hearted tone of the segment, I’ve received a number of grave responses wondering why Oxford University Press is so cavalierly allowing “corrupted” spellings into its dictionaries. So perhaps some clarification is in order. (more…)

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5. friday feast: mad poet's tea party

*The following post is dedicated to Jules and Eisha
(I've never met a pair of more impossible women.)

"'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice. 
'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.'"
 ~ from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

Twinkle, twinkle little bat.
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle . . .

Oh, you're still here? There's no room! There's no room!

Besides, you have to be stark raving mad to attend this tea party.

Oh, you are mad? You must like poetry.

Okay then, pick a party hat:

In the room the women come and go,
talking of Michaelangelo.

Let me look at you. Your hair wants cutting. Want wine? We don't have any. Why is a raven like a writing desk?


Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
     Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out --
     And now the tale is done,
And home we steer, a merry crew,
     Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! A childish story take,
     And, with a gentle hand,
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
     In Memory's mystic band,
Like pilgrim's wither'd wreath of flowers
     Pluck'd in a far-off land.

Okay, time to go home.
You're still here?
I must get rid of you.

                       Off with your head!

In the room the women come and go,
talking of Michaelangelo.

So now you're hungry and thirsty? It's very rude to ask for refreshments, you know.

(You're perfect for this party.)

Games, first. Food, later.

Here are some first lines. Identify the poet and/or the poem:

10. .blackbird the of eye the Was thing moving only The mountains snowy twenty Among

9. .rain spring with roots Dull stirring desire and Memory mixing land dead the of out Lilacs breeding month cruellest the is April

8. .fly cannot That bird winged-broken a is Life die dreams if For dreams to fast Hold

7. ,sky the and sea lonely the to again seas the to down go must I

6. .clouds white and pink are trees fruit blossoming the of crowns The 

5. ;think I suppers of finest the is That drink to cocoa and crackers Animal

4. ; seen kingdoms and states goodly many And gold of realms the in travell'd I have Much

3. ,dawn silver the into gold of horse great a on riding love my went green in All

2. .night the with acquainted one been have I

1. ;wabe the in gimble and gyre Did toves slithy the and brilling 'Twas

Did you get all of them? I'm NOT giving you the answers.

Tea's ready.

                                  Have a cup.
In the room the women come and go,
talking of Michaelangelo.

You have a big head.


          You may get big. Or small. Or madder.

Hey, we just wanna see Eisha.

What now?

                 Oh, I know -- how about a song?

'Tis the voice of the lobster; I heard him declare,
"You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.
When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark,
And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark:
But, when the tide rises and sharks are around,
His voice has a timid and tremulous sound.

I passed by his garden, and marked, with one eye,
How the Owl and the Panther were sharing a pie;
The Panther took pie-crust, and gravy, and meat,
While the Owl had the dish as its share of the treat.
When the pie was all finished, the Owl, as a boon,
Was kindly permitted to pocket the spoon:
While the panther received knife and fork with a growl,
And concluded the banquet by --
(from 'TIs the Voice of the Lobster by Lewis Carroll)

Wow that was a good song. I need a smoke!



                                Callooh Callay!

Now, then, chat amongst yourselves.

    I hear Spain is nice this time of year.

        All mimsy were the borogoves . . .      

 Beware the jubjub bird.

In the room the women come and go,
talking of Michaelangelo.

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Answer me!

Anything else besides tea?

      We don't fancy anything else. Here's to tea!

I love you guys! Have another cup!

I wish to meet those women who've been talking about me.

      I'm late! I'm late!

In the room the women come and go, 
writing poetry with Michaelangelo.

Care for a game of croquet?

Ta Ta For Now! (I'm simply mad about you!)

                                                   Who's Michaelangelo?

Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at The Miss Rumphius Effect.

Poetry Game Answers:

10. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens
9. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
8. Dreams by Langston Hughes
7. Sea Fever by John Masefield
6. Crocheting by Elaine Magliaro
5. Animal Crackers by Christopher Morley
4. On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer by John Keats
3. all in green went my love riding by E.E. Cummings
2. Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost
1. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

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6. New Challenge - Mad Tea Party!

The new challenge is:

Mad Tea Party!

Illustrate your vision of The Mad Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland.

The "Movie Quote" challenge is over. The new challenge is "Mad Tea Party" and ends on March 16, 2009. The "Self Portrait as an 8 Year Old" challenge continues this week and ends on March 9, 2009.

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7. Mad Tea Party

From a few months back...

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8. Mad Tea Party


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9. Mad Tea Party

Just mad and loving 'her'.

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