The Fancy Ball

The Fancy Ball

As Morning you’d have me rise

On that shining world of art;

You forget: I have too much dark in my eyes –

And too much dark in my heart.

“Then go as the Night – in June:

Pass, dreamily, by the corwd,

With jewels to mock the stars and the moon,

And shadowy robes like cloud.

“Or as Spring, with a spray in your hair

Of blossoms as yet unblown;

It will suit you well, for our youth should wear

The bloom in the bud alone.

“Or drift from the outer gloom

With the soft white silence of Snow.”

I should melt myself with the warm, close room –

Or my own life’s burning. No.

“Then fly through the glitter and mirth

As a bird of Paradise;”

Nay, the waters I drink have touch’d the earth:

I breathe no summer spice.

“Then -” Hush: if I go at all,

(It will make them stare and shrink,

It will look so strange at a Fancy Ball,)

I will go as – Myself, I think!

-By Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

While in my last semester in college I took an English class titled American Women Writers.  I had seen this class for some time over the years and wanted to take it really, really badly but it always was filled before I could try and sign up, so luckily I grabbed it right at the end.  The class covered nineteenth century female writers and three modern writers.  One writer, Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt stuck with me.  Piatt wrote a poem (posted above) called The Fancy Ball and I just fell in love with it.  I guess you could call me a feminist because I am always speaking for women’s rights and growth.  Of course really all equality but in this course specifically I sounded like a man hater, I am not but I digress.

The Fancy Ball has two speakers.  One I know for sure is a female, the other speaker which uses the quotations, I believe, to be a male if not male ideals.  Each capitalized word: Morning,  Night, Spring, Snow, Paradise symbolize some form of “femininity” that society portrays upon females.  Morning symbolizes young and fresh.  Night is the risky, sexual side.  Spring is a more maternal symbol like fertility and motherhood.  Snow is purity, the most controversial nowadays.  And lastly Paradise is the exotic, unreachable, untamed idea that women are.

Now, in my class, I wrote a paper using The Fancy Ball as a basis for most ideals or characteristics and their achievement toward female self-expression in Romance novels, specifically the male’s view. LOVE TOPICS LIKE THIS!

I would like to elaborate that female self-expression is an interesting topic.  So much so that it is hard to tell if female self-expression is fully female oriented.  Meaning is it possible for female self-expression to occur without a male counterpoint?  Because in most Romance novels, specifically modern Romance novels, and to be honest some older works like The Awakening by Chopin, focus on female self-expression through romantic emotion or sexual encounters that incorporate some form of freeing and emotional/physical gratification.

With that being said, I have a question for my small followers or any other person who reads this.  Do you agree that male influence has created the female characteristics in society as well as in Romance novels?  Do you believe that female self-expression is obtained/can be obtained without a male influence?  What do these characteristics do to female writers as they write Romance novels/works? What are your opinions?

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Egghead

Not too long ago I picked up Bo Burnham’s book of poetry titled Egghead, Or You Can’t Survive On Ideas Alone and let me tell…it is amazing!

  

I briefly mentioned him in the past, in one post that you can find here>  https://carolinebylinebookblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/bo/

Originally a stand up comic Bo has brought amazing knowledge to his comedy and his literature work, such as poetry, is amazing he is literally a word genius.  If you have not then you definitely should go and grab his poetry book.  He is new fresh, modern, clever, and down right funny.  From alliteration through the entirety of poetic techniques all the way to simplistic rhyme sprinkled with some truth Bo does it all!

Here is a small glimpse as to what you will find:

raincity-windycity:</p>
<p>If you’re looking for a book that can make you laugh while also slapping you in the face with some truth-talk, you should check out Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone.<br />
It’s a book of poems and illustrations that really make you realize how not fucked up your life is compared to others, and also is just randomly hilarious.<br />
Bo Burnham is so brilliant.<br />

For more info on Bo:    http://boburnham.com/

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I’m Gonna Try

I have recently obtained a Wattpad account.  Originally I created it to follow Christina Lauren and their small writings for “A Little Crazy” which is so addictive but painful because you have to wait for a chapter at a time.  Any who, I have decided to try writing and publishing my writings on Wattpad.   I will be posting them here on my blog for you all to check out.  Please feel free to comment and give me some positive critiquing for this new “process” I am gonna try.  Thanks!

 

My wattpad:  http://wattpad.com/Caroline-line

For Christina Lauren’s wattpad:  http://www.wattpad.com/user/ChristinaLaurenBooks

Losing It

GREAT BEARD OF ZEUS! It has been a while since I posted a review.  But that will be fixed NOW!

So I am currently still working on Autumn Rose (Gibbs book two in the Dark Heroine series).  In my search I decided to quickly peruse the Target book section and found something small to read and review for my AWESOME followers.

Of course walking straight to the Romance section I came across an interesting story that I have been wanting to find and luckily I found it.  How I did not hear about it before I will never know.  But Cora Carmack graced readers with Losing it.

Losing It (Losing It, #1)

“Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible – a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier”  good reads bio).

My main focus on Carmack’s novel was her adaption to a student professor relationship.  I have always wanted to read this circumstance but have yet to find hardly any besides Carmack’s.  (Maybe I’m not searching right).  However,  I very much enjoyed Carmack’s tale between two forbidden fruits.

Carmack brings a strong female independent character that takes charge of her sexuality like many famous authors have done before her.  Kate Chopin is one that strongly comes to mind in my comparison to similar themes.   If you ever get the chance Chopin’s The Awakening as well as her short story The Storm are older works that demonstrate Carmack’s attention to feminine strength and personal growth.

The main character, Bliss, is a theatre major which also is something of interest due to her timidness with the opposite sex and her life in general.  Her “stage life” is far more honest and courageous.

As the story progresses emotions rise VERY quickly, I mean VERY quickly.   With such high emotions I was concerned as to what the climax would be.  For fear of ruining the story, if you choose to read it I will say this, the climax is not what you would first think.  And this change to the traditional forbidden fruits/teacher-and-student-romance is fresh and new.  I laughed and “awwwed” through the entire thing and you will too.

I could not put the book down and easily finished it in 24 hours.

The writing was easy to follow and was well written with a first person point of view.  I encourage you to go grab a copy and enjoy Bliss and Garrick’s adventure.

After Losing It, look for her others: Faking It, Finding It,  Keeping Her (novella about Bliss and Garrick)

For more on the author: http://coracarmack.blogspot.com/     and   

 

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