POETRY FRIDAY: Postscript [In memory of Seamus Heaney]

A sad Poetry Friday, today, with the news of the death of Nobel laureate and generally incredibly highly-esteemed Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Lots of you, like me, will have first encountered Heaney’s poetry in the AQA Anthology for English Literature at GCSE and A-Level. And, like so many other names I discovered in this way […]

POETRY FRIDAY: Gratitude to the Unknown Instructors [William Butler Yeats]

Happy Poetry Friday everyone! The longest day has been and gone, and to be honest it already feels like late September in England – where I am, anyway, the skies are grey, the air is a drizzly, misty soup, and we actually lit up the woodburner last night because it was so cold. Normally, it […]

POETRY FRIDAY: The Jewel Stairs’ Grievance [Ezra Pound] (a.k.a Jazz Age poetry and The Great Gatsby)

Hello dear darling readers! Happy POETRY FRIDAY! I hope you all have lovely weekends stretching out in front of you (those of you who work weekends, I have been there and I feel your pain). So, the internet has been absolutely saturated with Gatsby fever-sweat. And I soon realised that while I love F. Scott […]

Spotlight: Burning Bright: William Blake and the Art of the Book

Just my cup of tea. Most of us know William Blake for his poetry, and in particular I think many people will call to mind his ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’. I daresay that if you’re reading this blog you’ll also know quite a bit more about this fascinating man. But the Burning Bright exhibition […]

POETRY FRIDAY: The Ballad Of Reading Gaol [Oscar Wilde]

My grandma Rose is a very old lady, and is sadly suffering from advanced dementia. But her eyes still come alight when you bring up anything to do with history or literature, and remarkably she is still able to recite entire Shakespearean sonnets and Robbie Burns poems – in fact she loves nothing more, and […]

POETRY FRIDAY: Falling Stars [Rainer Maria Rilke]

Do you remember still the falling stars that like swift horses through the heavens raced and suddenly leaped across the hurdles of our wishes–do you recall? And we did make so many! For there were countless numbers of stars: each time we looked above we were astounded by the swiftness of their daring play, while […]