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The Wild Wood Flower – A Great American Classic, But What Does it Mean?

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I’ll twine ‘mid the ringlets

Of my raven black hair,

The lilies so pale

And the roses so fair.

Without argument one of the most charming, intriguing, and captivating of all early American folk poems and songs is The Wildwood Flower. Its haunting tale has arrested the fascination and loyalty of untold thousands. A major feature of its fascination and holding-power lies in the fact that it is a riddle that has never been solved. Clearly, as the poem unfolds, the Wildwood Flower is a jilted girl, but what is the meaning of the other metaphors and symbols built into this classic? 

As the heartbroken lover sits alone in the wooded vale that was once their trysting place, she winds the locks of her raven black hair purposefully around her fingers. That image is clear enough but then the lyric becomes vague. Are the lilies flowers of the glen or are they a metaphor for something else? And what are the meanings of the roses, the myrtle, and the pale amanita with bright blue eyes? To the discerning reader or listener is evident that something other than the literal is intended here. The amanita is a deadly poison toadstool known as the Death Hood. It does not have bright blue eyes. And what can be said about the rest of the lyric? Is it simply a lament and a fantasy to try to comfort herself in her heartbreak and loneliness; or is it the revelation of a clever plot to take revenge on this opportunistic swain who has compromised her and then lost interest?

I am going to offer some thoughts as to what this fascinating tale says to me but before I do I want to preface it with some realities about the times in which this occurred, and these kinds of situations. In the lonely backwoods of early America opportunities for romance and a future did not come around that often. Beside that, in the times in which this poem was written, a girl who had lost her virtue had a greatly reduced chance of finding marriage and happiness with a respectable man. Lying to a young woman, telling her you loved her, seducing her, and then going off and leaving her was virtually a death sentence. The hatred and vengeance that eventually emerged from these numbing heartbreaks often resulted in the death of the offender. There are many such stories that have caught on as legends from the rural settings of early America. There is Frankie and Johnny, the Banks of the Ohio, Barbara Allen, and many others where jilted love and betrayal resulted in the death of the perpetrator. That having said, I wish to give you my version of the meaning of this elusive tale. 

It is obvious that I possess no special insights and what I am going to say is nothing more than my own opinion. It is not offered to contradict the conclusions of anyone else, to intrude into the sanctuary that may have been built up in anyone’s mind about this haunting story, or to in any way offend anyone. It is just my offering as to what is taking place here.

I’ll twine ‘mid the ringlets

Of my raven black hair,

The lilies so pale

And the roses so fair,

The myrtle so bright

With an emerald hue,

And the pale amanita

With eyes of bright blue.  

A girl is sitting, probably in the all-together, in a wooded glen where she used to meet with her lover, where she succumbed to his lies of love and marriage, and where she lost her virtue. The last line of verse 3 reveals that she is a frail girl and not a great physical beauty, but she has some charms. She has raven black hair which she is absently but aggressively twisting around her fingers. The Song of Solomon and other historic literature lay the foundation for inferring that lilies are her breasts. The roses are her glowing red cheeks, not glowing now because of love and excitement as in verse 2, but in this instance burning with anger and hurt. The myrtle is the dark green lashes over her eyes and the pale amanita is the ghostly white face, colorless with rage and hatred (the death hood), out of which bright blue eyes are blazing as if to make appear before her now in the glen the scene that she is envisioning in her mind.

2.

I’ll sing and I’ll dance,  

My laugh shall be gay;  

I’ll cease this wild weeping – 

Drive sorrow away,  

Tho’ my heart is now breaking,  

He never shall know  

That his name made me tremble  

And my pale cheeks to glow.  

The girl has struggled with heartbreak and hurt until her tears are dry. Now the desperate but futile hope that he will return to her has faded. In its place a plan for revenge has begun to form. First of all she must stop acting as if she cares. She must come to the party, throw herself with abandonment into the game, charm every man whom she can, and make herself an item of discussion and an object of ambition. All of this will be a part of her plot to get even with him for what he has done to her but he must never know it. He must be made to believe that she cared no more about him than he did about her and that he was just another of her flings.

3.

I’ll think of him never –

I’ll be wildly gay,  

I’ll charm ev’ry heart,  

And the crowd I will sway,  

I’ll live yet to see him,  

Regret the dark hour  

When he won, then neglected,  

The frail wildwood flower.  

Until the trap is ready to spring she must put him out of her mind and apply herself to her plan. She will let her hair down and be the life of the party. She will play the lover to every man whom she can charm. Why not? What is there for her to lose now? But this will be an act, not the real desires of her heart. The purpose is to make him jealous. Such young men as he are selfish and possessive. The time will come when he will begin to wonder what he has walked away from and he will eventually take the bait and come back to her. When he does, their meeting place will not be the dance hall but again the wild wood glen where he broke her heart and ruined her life. Her plan will succeed and he will come back, but he will never leave her again. Once she has him in the power of her charms the death hood will engulf him and take his life from him.

4.

He told me he loved me,  

And promis’d to love,  

Trough ill and misfortune,  

All others above,  

Another has won him;  

Ah, misery to tell;  

He left me in silence –

no word of farewell.  

As the girl sits in the wild wood and contemplates her drastic scheme, she begins to rationalize. It is his fault; not hers. He told her loved her and she believed him or she would never have given herself away to him. He spoke of love and lifelong commitment and he was so convincing. He callously took her life and future to fulfill his lust and greed. He shattered her dreams and grand hopes for husband, home, and family, and then walked away without so much as a “goodbye.”

5.

He taught me to love him,  

He call’d me his flower  

That blossom’d for him  

All the brighter each hour;  

But I woke from my dreaming,  

My idol was clay;  

My visions of love  

Have all faded away.  

Clearly an intimate conjugal relationship is indicated here. No girl needs to be “taught” how to have feelings of love and endearment. The sweet intimacy that ought to have belonged to her soul mate alone was given to this deceiver. He told her the things she wanted to hear. “She was what he had always wanted and what he lived for. She was his glorious wildwood flower that kept opening out its blossom bigger and brighter each hour.”

But then the dream vanished in the harsh light of reality. It was all a lie. Her marvelous idol was nothing more that a pile of dirt. He was gone, and with him her hopes for a happy future. He had killed her, and now she had a plot to get even. It was justified; what he had done to her, she would do to him.

Could this frail country girl actually carry out her plan for vengeance? Did her wild scheme have a chance of success? Was she another Frankie with a pistol behind her back?  Who knows? And for the narrative, it does not matter. She is a crushed, jilted, and heartbroken country maid who has been used and cast aside; and she is trying desperately to survive. She seeks to find some satisfaction for the wrong that has been done her. She will make him pay; he has to pay. If in no other way, it has all played out before her in the meadow this day while she sits as she was when she saw him last, twists her raven black hair forcefully around he long white fingers, and seeks consolation in feelings of revenge.

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Tips For a Stress-Free Local Moving Service in Dubai

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As stressful as a long-distance move can be, moving to a new location can be a rewarding experience. It is possible to ease the transition in some ways. As long as you stick to a few simple rules, the process should be as straightforward as possible. You must know how to plan your activities and stick to the plan to succeed. If you are moving to or from Dubai, here are some tips to help you and your family get settled in.

Getting Organized for Your Local Move in Dubai

In many ways, local moving in Dubai is more difficult than moving locally. As an example, if you can’t remember something in town, you can return and get it back. For example, if you are moving to Dubai, but want to return, there’s no way around it. It’s also a matter of cutting your ties with old friends and acquaintances, as well as your home town. Everything, including schools, jobs, and the places you frequently visit, is changing. In the end, it’s a hassle and a source of anxiety. Even though these suggestions may not be the most effective, they can help alleviate some of your stress.

Tip 1 Movers vs. Self-Movers

If you can afford it, we strongly recommend hiring a moving company. Moving is a mental and emotional challenge as well as a physical one. Many people, no matter how strong or young, struggle under the weight of large appliances such as washers, dressers, and couches. In addition, loading a truck requires a certain level of skill and expertise. You have to put together the world’s largest puzzle without the help of the box. You need to make sure it doesn’t shift around while the truck is moving. As a result, your truck will be littered with broken or damaged items when you arrive at your destination. Hiring a moving company to help you relocate far away from where you currently reside is highly recommended if at all possible. If you are moving to or from Dubai, this is a good place to start. It may be more expensive, but the impact on your mind and body is far less severe.

The Second Step is to Label All of Your Boxes Thoroughly

When moving, one of the most difficult tasks is finding something to do when you arrive at your new home. There are so many boxes that it looks like a cardboard box festival is about to take place! As a result, it’s critical to label the boxes as clearly as possible when packing. Make a note of what’s inside the box, as well as where it’s going to be when it arrives at its destination. (The kitchen, the living room, the bedroom, etc.)) The names of your children could also be written on boxes if you have a large family (bedroom, kitchen, living room). Sally-Living-Room-Pillow, for example, or Sally-Bedroom-Toy If something specific is needed, you’ll be able to quickly and easily search the boxes for it!

Tips 3 and 4: Use Lightweight Items to Load Furniture

Having enough space on the truck is one of the biggest challenges for locals moving to Dubai. With regards to moving yourself, this is especially true! If your truck isn’t big enough, you are going to run into a lot of problems. Fill chests, dressers, and other furniture pieces with lighter items to avoid this small disaster. It’s a good idea to cram them full of everything from clothing and toys to bedding.

There is, however, a very important cautionary note: don’t overfill your bookcases! Even one book-filled drawer can make moving the dresser difficult. When the drawer is on a moving vehicle, the additional weight could cause damage to it. As a result, it’s best to stock your drawers with lightweight items.

Use a Storage Unit as a Fourth Step

The truth is that home closing occurs regularly. Once you arrive, you won’t be able to take possession of your belongings if something bad happens to your house. For a variety of reasons, this is a serious issue. For one, you’ll have to find a place to stay until the closure is complete. Secondly, you must find a new home for your belongings like furniture moving in Dubai because they cannot be left on the moving truck. It’s not just clients and deliveries that they do; they also have their customers.

You can also use a storage facility to keep your things. It’s a good idea for many reasons, including To put it simply:

• It’s cheaper than what most movers will charge for storage.
• It’s a safe place to be. Security cameras and a keypad-controlled gate will keep your belongings safe at all times.
• It’s easy to get to. If you need something, all you have to do is go to your storage unit and grab it. This cannot be done in a moving company’s warehouse.
• It’s spotless. During your time in storage, rats, bugs, and other vermin will not harm your belongings.
Classic Mover Dubai has a massive storage facility for your business moving.
• You have the freedom to move your belongings at your own pace to your new residence.
Relaxation is the most important thing! Be confident that you can do it. If you stay focused, you’ll be settling into your new home in no time.

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How To Display UGC During An Event? – A Complete Guide

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Every brand in existence wants to promote its brand in the best way possible. Organizing an event is the first step in this quest. However, just putting an event into action is not enough, your brand should be reaping the benefits in the form of user engagement and generation of maximum UGC

However, user engagement and generation of maximum UGC is easier said than done; you need to play your cards right. For example, displaying the UGC generated around your brand at an event in the best possible manner is the starting point.

If you are looking to leave no stone unturned at your upcoming event in terms of UGC display, then you have stumbled upon just the ideal written piece.

What Is User-Generated Content?

UGC is the most genuine and authentic content on the internet that brands can use to build trust and hit a chord with their customers.UGC can be generated in multiple ways such as by posting experiences on social media channels, offering feedback on google reviews, creating testimonials, sharing on a podcast, etc.

UGC offers several benefits, such as social proof and enhancement in ROI. As a result, a profitable marketing strategy can be created that would bring success without too much investment.

How To Generate UGC During An Event?

Generating UGC is the step that would define the success of your event. Properly presenting UGC would make you reach a wide range of people that could potentially turn into your customers. So, how can you skillfully display UGC during an event? Let’s have a look!

Create A Fun Hashtag Contest

You can use an authentic hashtag for their event and set guidelines around it that would assist you in accumulating just the type of content you require from your customers. These guidelines would also serve you well in finding out the winner of the hashtag contest. 

To add icing to the cake, you can run this hashtag contest on your social media wall, which would ensure enthusiastic participation from attendees of the event. In addition, this step would lead to maximum UGC generation, taking customer engagement around the event through the roof.

Run A Social Media Wall

Display a Social Media Wall to your audience is the best thing you can do to engage your audience during the event.. A social media wall is a collection of attendees’ social media posts, google reviews, videos, and feedback from various social media platforms like – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on. Most of the Social walls are auto-synced, making the latest feeds updated on-screen in real-time. These real-time feeds keep the event audience engaged and hooked to your event. 

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You can amplify user engagement at the event by encouraging the event attendees to use your hashtag while posting on social media to feature on the social wall. Then, in a bid to get in the limelight, attendees would create UGC on social media that would give a lift to your motive of accumulating the maximum amount of user-generated content. After this, a bandwagon effect would be created, which would inspire other attendees to post on their social media about your event since your social wall displayed content of other attendees.

Create And Capture Moments 

Turn on your innovative mode when it comes to engaging attendees. Offer them something that they would love to flaunt on social media and remember for a lifetime. For example, one of the most talked-about forms is a photo booth at events. The audience can get themselves clicked at your event’s photo booth and, later on, can post those photos on social media platforms using filters and the brand logo that you would provide. 

If you organize a virtual event, you can create a virtual social photo booth using several virtual photo booth creating software. Photo Booth is a great tool that is simple to arrange but provides tremendous results for your user-generated content.

Apart from the Photo Booth feature, you also have the option of adding a fan meet and greet element. The fan meets and greet feature is the part of the event where the audience members can meet the speaker or the artist and click pictures with them, which later can be posted on social media handles. Innovative things at your event would keep your customers engaged, which would prompt them to do a word of mouth marketing for your brand on social media. 

Wrapping Up

User-generated content carries loads of potential that could elevate your event to another level. It has been offering tremendous results to brands that actively include it in their marketing procedure. Organize a marketing strategy that revolves around the points mentioned above, and you can see your results going upward in no time. 

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EML to PST Converter to Know How to Open Windows Live Mail Files into Outlook

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Windows Live Mail is a default email client of Windows Vista operating system. However, Microsoft discontinued it and does not provide support. Due to this, various users forced to switch their data from Windows Live Mail to any other platform. What else is better than MS Outlook? It emerged as one of the most popular email client from the few decades. We will later dices about MS Outlook min details.

Most of the users find difficulty in exporting Windows Live Mail data in Outlook because both the email client support different file formats i.e. EML and PST respectively. Therefore, it is not possible to directly open Windows Live Mail file in Outlook unless you don’t know the right way. In this blog, we will tell you all possible ways to solve your query how to open Windows Live Mail files into Outlook and the efficient way to EML to PST conversion

Professional Solution to Open Windows Live Mail Files into Outlook

The professional solution is the best solution available to migrate all EML files to Outlook PST. It provides you direct solution with guaranteed success. You can move multiple EML files from Windows Live Mail to Outlook in just one go. It provides you solution of how to open Windows Live Mail files into Outlook with 100% accuracy and integrity. You can move EML files to Outlook all versions such as 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003. Follow below mentioned steps to understand how the software works:

Step 1: Download CubexSoft EML to PST Converter in your system.

Step 2: Now load your file in the software by either clicking Select File or Select Folder option.

Step 3: Click Export button and choose Outlook PST in select saving option.

Step 4: Select location to save the PST file and then tap on the convert button.

Step 5: Finally a pop-up Windows open with a message “Saving Completed Successfully”. Click Ok to end the process.

Manual Method to Open Windows Live Mail EML File in PST

Warning: It is recommended to take backup of Windows Live Mail data before performing the steps. A single mistake may result in data loss.

Follow below mentioned steps to open EML files in Outlook PST:

Step 1: Open Windows Live Mail and MS Outlook in the machine.

Step 2: In Windows Live Mail, go to File tab and choose Export option.

Step 3: Now select messages from Open list.

Step 4: Next choose Microsoft Exchange and click Next to proceed further.

Step 5: A pop-up Windows opens with a message “All Email Will Be Exported to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange”. Hit Ok button.

Step 6: Choose the folder which you want to export and then hit Ok button.

Step 7: Finally click on Finish button to end the process.

The manual method to move EML files from Windows Live Mail to Outlook does not provide guaranteed solution. The solution differ with each Outlook version. It is also mandatory to install both MS Outlook and Windows Live Mail in same machine.

Final Words

In this blog, we have discussed about two different ways to solve your query how to open Windows Live Mail files into Outlook. You can use both the method to open Windows Live Mail data in Outlook PST. However we recommend you to use professional solution instead of manual method for risk-free conversion. Download demo edition of EML Converter to know how the software works.

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