Dec. 9, 1998

Three Kinds of Pleasures

by Robert Bly


Poem: "Three Kinds of Pleasures," by Robert Bly, from SELECTED POEMS (Harper Perennial, 1986).

TODAY THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE will be lit in Washington, D.C. The ceremony starts at 5:00 p.m. on the Ellipse and will include carol singing and other festivities.

Itís the birthday of one of the grand dames of opera, ELISABETH SCHWARTZKOPF, born in 1915 near the town of Poznan, now part of modern-day Poland in 1915.

Itís the birthday of mathematician and computer pioneer GRACE MURRAY HOPPER, born in New York in 1906.

Itís the birthday of the scientific historian JOSEPH NEEDHAM, born in London in 1900, author of a monumental 7-volume study, Science and Civilisation in China.

Itís the birthday of American poet LÉONIE FULLER ADAMS, born in 1899 in Brooklyn, New York.

Itís the birthday of JOHANN WINCKELMANN, author of History of the Art of Antiquity, born in 1717 in Stendal, in the German state of Prussia.

One of the greatest English poets, JOHN MILTON, was born on this day in London in 1608, author Paradise Lost (1665), an epic poem which deals with mankindís fall from Godís grace in the Garden of Eden.

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