Down By The Salley Gardens
by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Read by Simon Russell Beale
Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.
In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.
One of my favorite things about Simon’s pov in Carry On is that he’s so vague about everything. He’s like….I guess this is how I feel?? I don’t really know….pretty confused constantly….not really sure….about anything. And It’s like boy do I relate
He is our greatest threat. And you are our greatest hope.
Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell, revolves around the ‘Chosen One’, Simon Snow, who lacks control over his magic, and shares a dorm with his rival, Baz, who he believes is a vampire. In his eighth year at Watford, while trying to organise his happy ending, and fight off the Insidious Humdrum, he finds help, love and courage in places he never dreamed of. A spin off on Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Fangirl, focusing on the novel Cath was such a fan of.
I actually read this before I read Fangirl, and it didn’t make a difference at all. It was a beautiful book, with a quirky mix of humor and angst, it was a great read. I have never been so thankful for my best friend’s book recommendations in my life. It’s almost a semi-AU of Harry Potter, with many similarities to the legendary series, but also enough difference for it to be a completely new novel.
The novel challenged stereotypes, with the ‘worst chosen one to be chosen’, Ebb the powerful magician just wanting to tend to her goats, and Agatha Wellbelove, not wanting to be the princess in a fairy tale ending with Simon. There’s also the fact that two of the main characters are LGBT representatives, which makes the story more unique.
OKAY BUT RAPHAEL KNOWS SIMON HAD A BAND?? HOW?? DID I MISS SOMETHING OR SIMON LITERALLY TOLD HIM ALL ABOUT HIS BAND WHEN HE LIVED AT THE DUMORT. DID HE SING ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE VAMPS LOOKED ANNOYED BUT SECRETLY ENJOYING?? DID RAPHAEL PRETEND HE DIDNT GIVE A SHIT BUT WAS ACTUALLY LISTENNING WHEN SIMON TALKED EXCITEDLY ABOUT HOW WELL HIS BAND WAS GOING?? WHAT I DONT EVEN ASDFGHJKL
ps. One thing for sure I smell band manager!raphael fanfic writers pls don’t let me down