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The Land of Counterpane

刊登日期: 2016.11.05
作者: Michelle Chan  

When I was sick and lay a-bed, 

I had two pillows at my head, 

And all my toys beside me lay 

To keep me happy all the day. 

And sometimes for an hour or so 

I watched my leaden soldiers go, 

With different uniforms and drills, 

Among the bedclothes, through the hills; 

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets 

All up and down among the sheets; 

Or brought my trees and houses out, 

And planted cities all about. 

I was the giant great and still 

That sits upon the pillow-hill, 

And sees before him, dale and plain, 

The pleasant land of counterpane. 


Kingdoms and fairylands are often included in storybooks. There are fairies, monsters, goblins, and many other mythical creatures. They have wonderful adventures and meet interesting characters. Though we cannot visit these places in reality, we can try to go there through our imagination. Indeed, how about having your little expedition before you go to bed? It is always nice to fall asleep soon after you lay on your bed, but many people do have to stare at the ceiling for a while before they slumber. That seems to be a nice beginning to your imaginative trip. Robert Stevenson’s poem, ‘The Land of Counterpane’ describes an imaginary journey of the persona. While he is ill, he stays in bed and looks at his toys and pillows. Then in his mind, he sends his ships to a stormy ocean. He makes waves by throwing his counterpane up and down. After that, he builds cities with his little trees and houses. He plays a role of a giant, who sits upon his ‘pillow-hill’, and looks at his pleasant world of counterpane. What role will you play in your story? Would you like to be a giant, a fisherman, a princess, or a whale? 


Glossary
Expedition 探險
Slumber 睡眠
Counterpane 床單

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