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A period of soil moisture that is inadequate for the needs of crops, animals and human beings
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It is also speeded up by the dactylic rhythm which gives the line two unstressed beats on 'thee with' and '-mine and', and then halted or drawn back by a concluding spondee on 'fine drouth'.
And here is another metamorphic line, splitting consciousness apart in the doubling - "The hills have given me quiet breasts,/ Young streams for ease in time of drouth." A place to rest, and streams to drink from.
As the drouth drags on, she thinks about water all the time, longing for it, endless bodies of water shimmering and cool.
It is angry and violent in its generous resort to dessicating wind and sun, to the depressing effects of drouth and dust, and to the flailing scourges of scarifying sand and choking snow that ride hard upon its reckless winds.
Then there is a second group of poems that attempt a retrospective grasp of the poet's life as a whole, ones such as "Chain Saw at Dawn in Vermont in Time of Drouth," in which the insistent NOW of the chain-saw's sound, another moment of suspended time in which a fullness of meaning impends, being always not yet here but yet at hand, rebukes the startled-awake speaker into the reflection that he has learned neither how to live nor how to die.
Having learned something of the facts, and the drouth having been relieved, the Court re-opened in due course and the case proceeded.
The last desert is "The desert in the garden the garden in the desert." Although both theologically and poetically doubled, "the garden the garden" is framed by the "desert / Of drouth." For the reader this image is one more variation of the "unstilled world" still whirling "About the centre of the silent Word." "Drouth" echoes "mouth." In "spitting from the mouth [speech?] the withered apple-seed," do we reject our fallen state and return to the garden?
But Gordon Smith was never one of them - while his fellow players brought a healthy drouth to the table, he abstained.
Inspired by the true story of how the SS Politician lost a cargo of whisky, this golden oldie comedy sees a bunch of shrewd Hebridean islanders sate their drouth when 50,000 cases of the hard stuff come floating their way.
M'Curdy Atkinson, The same that had the wooden leg And that filibustering filibeg That never dared to slake his drouth, Magee that had the chinless mouth.
Eat me, drink me, love me; Laura, make much of me: For your sake I have braved the glen And had to do with goblin merchant men." [...............................] Tears once again Refreshed [Laura's] sunken eyes, Dropping like rain After long sultry drouth; Shaking with anguish, fear, and pain, She kissed and kissed her with a hungry mouth.
This is to-day third of the days since she persists to close, Foodless, in drouth, her ambrosial mouth Death is her choice, on to that goal urged by her secret woes.