To honour this very special day of remembrance I’ve gone with one of my favourite war poems and a rather obvious (and not very good) sketch of poppies. If you’re interested in war poems the Guardian published what they see as the top 10 war poems and I was pleased to see one of my favourites. Not one of the usual war poets like Wilfred Owen or … Continue reading Remembrance Sunday
On this day in 1772 English poet, philosopher and theologian Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born. I remember reading his famous poem Kubla Khan in English lessons at school and whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of the works of the other Romantic poets this one did stick with me….. Kubla Khan In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, … Continue reading In Xanadu did Kubla Khan…..
On 16th October 1854 Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde entered the world in Dublin. Better known as Oscar Wilde, Wilde was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford and went on to be a leading light in literature. Famed for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray published in 1891, many believe his greatest talent was writing plays, and he went on to … Continue reading Oscar Wilde
Today is National Poetry Day here in the UK, founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, their mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. So here’s one of my favourites by the celebrated Dylan Thomas Do not go gentle into that good night Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of … Continue reading National Poetry Day
So apparently this month is National Poetry Month, in the US. A celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets and introduced in 1996. The intention was to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The poster created to celebrate the event this year was designed by Paula Scher, and celebrates typography So in celebration of one of my favourite US writers here is a poem from … Continue reading National Poetry Month
I posted a poem on Thursday to celebrate the official Winnie the Pooh day which seemed to go down well so thought I’d share another favourite of mine when it comes to A.A.Milne’s little rhymes…… Wheezles and Sneezles Christopher Robin Had wheezles And sneezles, They bundled him Into His bed. They gave him what goes With a cold in the nose, And some more for … Continue reading Sneezles
Sadly Jenny Joseph died yesterday as I have previously posted her most famous poem “Warning” (https://ragtagmagpie.com/2017/05/07/when-i-am-old/) it seemed fitting to re- share, although as you’ll see if you read the BBC obituary the success of the poem wasn’t too popular with the poet herself. BBC article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42700952 WARNING When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, … Continue reading Poet Jenny Joseph Died
Born on this day in 1865 – Joseph Rudyard Kipling. English journalist, story telling, author and poet, famous for giving us The Jungle Book, Kim and of course the beautiful poem If….. If IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for … Continue reading IF you can keep your head when all about you ….
To commemorate Remembrance Sunday I thought it fitting to share some war poetry…. For the Fallen Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal Sings sorrow … Continue reading In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,
Born on this date in 1937 was a poet who first sparked my interest in poetry back in middle school. I remember my English teacher reading the humorous poem The Lesson and I was hooked so a big “thank you” and happy birthday to Roger McGough The Lesson Chaos ruled OK in the classroom as bravely the teacher walked in the nooligans ignored him his … Continue reading Three Cheers for Roger McGough