a fool in the forest

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  • A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the
        forest,
    A motley fool; a miserable world!
    As I do live by food, I met a fool
    Who laid him down and bask'd him
        in the sun,
    And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good
        terms,
    In good set terms and yet a motley
        fool.

    As You Like It,
    Act II, Scene 7

    L'homme y passe à travers des
        forêts de symboles
    Qui l'observent avec des regards
        familiers.

    Les Fleurs du Mal,
    “Correspondances”

    [T]here is almost no subject-matter, and what little one can disentangle is foolish....
    One would call the style verbose, except that by definition verbosity is the use of words in excess of the occasion, and there seems to be no occasion.

    Yvor Winters,
    Forms of Discovery, Ch. 7


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    December 17, 2007

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    meg

    Wow, I hadn't thought about Horslips in yonks. I used to have a couple of their albums, back when I thought Steeleye Span hung the moon.

    Listening to them on iTunes, though, I see that my tastes have changed somewhat. Still, thanks for the reminder.

    George Wallace

    At the end of the day, Horslips is a very '70s band, for good or ill. The cover photo on "Dancehall Sweethearts" is pure Spinal Tap, f'rinstance.

    What seems to hold up best is the material where they hewed closest to their traditional sources, as on "Drive the Cold Winter" and their terrific first album, "Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part." By the end of their run, they were doing much more generic arena-rock, which really missed the point of what made them unique and interesting in the first place.

    And don't get me started on Steeleye Span: Maddy Prior's singing can still reduce me to quivering jelly.

    meg

    Yeah, I liked the stuff off of *Happy to Meet Me...* best.

    I'm more of a June Tabor girl, myself. One of the happiest days of my life was when iTunes added the June Tabor/Martin Carthy joint album.

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