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LIT BITS V3 #167

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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #167

Today is Friday, 16 June 2000; on this day,

284 years ago (1716),

	The first volume of Alexander Pope's translation of the _lliad_ is
     published. Admonishes classical scholar Richard Bentley: "It is a
     pretty poem, Mr. Pope, but you must not call it Homer."

193 years ago (1807),

	Rev. John Skinner, the Aberdeenshire song writer, dies. (LS)

96 years ago (1904),

	James Joyce  meets Nora Barnacle, a chambermaid at Finn's Hotel,
     Dublin, and takes her for a walk. This will become the day of Leopold
     Bloom's fictional odyssey through Dublin in _Ulysses_--Bloomsday.

62 years ago (1938),

	Joyce Carol Oates--teacher, critic, and prolific short story writer
     and novelist (_Them_; _Bellefleur_)--is born in Lockport, New York.
     Her work will depict violence and evil in modern society.

Today's poem:

                  On the Beach at Fontana

     Wind whines and whines the shingle,
     The crazy pierstakes groan;
     A senile sea numbers each single
     Slimesilvered stone.

     From whining wind and colder
     Gray sea I wrap him warm
     And touch his trembling fineboned shoulder
     And boyish arm.

     Around us fear, descending
     Darkness of fear above
     And in my heart how deep unending
     Ache of love!

                                                 James Joyce

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