From Christina Rossetti’s “Mix a Pancake” (1830-1894):
Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan;
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake,
Catch it if you can.
A few other literary references you may or may not know:
1. Eric Carle’s wonderful Pancakes, Pancakes! (1992):
And Justice Silence, in Henry IV, Part II, rather rudely sings:
Be merry, be merry, my wife has all;
For women are shrews, both short and tall;
‘Tis merry in hall, when beards wag all,
And welcome merry shrove-tide.
Be merry, be merry.
3. Parishioners in Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield “religiously ate pancakes at Shrovetide”:
And here’s a challenging Shrove Tuesday literary quiz posted by The Guardian. Good luck!
Follow-up to Come On Baby, Light My Fire! – I promised to share some links with those who attended my talk on Eros-Thanatos and the inextricable link between the life-force and death-force.
- Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, notably the page which talks about the Death Instinct and, of particular pertinence to our discussion, the scientific connection between sex and death.
Writing Quote: “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” – Henry Miller (1891-1980)
Writing Tip: Please see the quotation directly above!
Writing Prompt: The day the moon fell…