NaPoWriMo: English Country Dance

 

V0049213 A country dance in a long hall; the elegance of the couple o

V0049213 A country dance in a long hall; the elegance of the couple o Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A country dance in a long hall; the elegance of the couple on the left contrasts with the ridiculous poses of the more rustic figures beyond representing “unidealized” humanity; straight, angular and round shapes. Engraving by William Hogarth. By: William HogarthPublished: 5 March 1753 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

 

He bowed, and then she took his hand

The fiddle played, the music started

Polite talking, each step planned

He bowed, and then she took his hand

Skipping steps, formations fanned,

Couples, twirl, flirt, lighthearted

He bowed, and then she took his hand

The fiddle played, the music started.

 

They danced in time, then two by two,

Progressing lightly down the line

Swirling gowns of white and blue

They danced in time, then two by two,

Hoping words not misconstrued,

Faces flushed from dance and wine

They danced in time, then two by two

Progressing lightly down the line.

 

And so they danced the whole night through

Round other dancers, they stole a glance

Past clapping hands, they sought a view

And so they danced the whole night through

Bow and curtsey, step fro and to

Meeting again, as if by chance,

And so they danced the whole night through

Round other dancers, they stole a glance.

 

NaPoWriMo, Day 10. I ignored the prompt and channeled Jane Austen instead in

a  3-stanza triolet because it was a long night of dancing, and one would not do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: English Country Dance

  1. Your triolet in three stanzas calls to mind my nephew Austin’s wedding reception with such dancing. He was an English major with PhD work all completed but dissertation, his bride an English major too. She danced her way into a professorship, and he sashayed into being a manager at UPS. Someone has to pay the bills . . . !

    Clever art, yours and Hogarth’s. I agree with Carol.

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