Lady Verity (spyderfyngers) wrote in prb,
Lady Verity

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Raise a glass...

It's May the 5th: Rossetti Claret Day!

To explain: A few months ago, I was lucky enough to visit the British Library and handle four of Rossetti's notebooks as part of research for my MA. It was an extraordinary experience. I trembled like nothing on earth. In amongst the scraps of poetry and nonsensical comments about insects, I came across this Highly Important little note:

5 May - CLARET

The bold lettering, the underlining: this is, without a doubt, a sign to buy a cheap bottle of plonk and take the day off work to lie on the floor and meditate on the virtues of the petrarchan sonnet.

I hereby declare May the fifth an annual international holiday! Hit the bottle and squeeze a marsupial!
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