James Russell Lowell: She came and went

James Russell Lowell (1819–1891) was an American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat, who knew some fame through his literary criticism and satirical works. On December 26, 1844 he married Maria White, who wrote poetry and was active in the anti-slavery movement. She convinced him to join the abolitionist cause, and he devoted to it a large part of his writings. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…


Epitaphs to children, by Robert Herrick

Post mortem of a young girl with a cross in a coffin – from oakenroad on Flickr

Robert Herrick’s huge collection of poems The Hesperides & Noble Numbers deals with many subjects. In a previous post I presented his well-known poem “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” telling that life is short and should be enjoyed without delay. I will give here five of his poems devoted to the death of children, in particular little girls. In a future post, I will present three more epitaphs, but this time on young girls. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Heavenly Girl

Aleksandra Waliszewska – from Frank T. Zumbachs Mysterious World

Agapeta is today 4 years old, and this is its 315th post. Readers come and go, and things have been quiet lately: few likes and comments, and almost no troll. For instance, the number of daily views dropped during the last 40 days of 2018, and rose again at the beginning of 2019.

From April 2017 to June 2018, the posting frequency was one article every 5 days; in July 2018 it slightly slowed down to one every 6 days. Since the beginning of 2019, it has decreased further to one every 8 days, and I cannot guarantee to maintain any fixed frequency in the future. Indeed, I have nearly exhausted all relevant material I knew about, and it becomes ever more difficult to find works by other authors, artists and musicians fitting the topics of Agapeta. Unfortunately, I got only a small number of useful suggestions from readers. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…