“April is the cruellest month …”
— from the opening line of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” 1922
Engraving. New York, D. Appleton and Co. I am uncertain as to the artist. It may be K. Meadows or W. H. Mote.
“May you live in interesting times.”
— Chinese curse (possibly apocryphal?). There is an interesting examination of the saying’s possible origins here.
Photo credit: By Amannainani – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49701557
“O what was that bird,” said horror to hearer,
“Did you see that shape in the twisted trees?
Behind you swiftly the figure comes softly,
The spot on your skin is a shocking disease.”
— excerpt from W. H. Auden’s O Where Are You Going?