Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan…..

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…..

National Poetry Month

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

Sneezles

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

Poet Jenny Joseph Died

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

IF you can keep your head when all about you ….

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 ….