A Young Man’s Fancy…

“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

― Alfred Tennyson, Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson

(From Locksly Hall, 1842)

Ah, what a romantic thought Alfred Lord Tennyson had that day. But that’s not where I’d like to go with this line. I’d like to ask you to question this statement in detail. For example:

Why spring?

What about a young woman? Or an old man? Or a child?

And “lightly”? How about heavy thoughts?

And love – really? Why love in the springtime? It could be other emotions at different times of the year. Maybe even hate, regret, revenge. Write a short text mashing up this line with new thoughts for this time of year (or another!).

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! Mark Twain

Write what you want – or a character of yours wants – on this spring day, and why they can’t have it.

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