Monthly Archives: May 2011

IN TIME OF PESTILENCE BY THOMAS NASHE

In “In Time of Pestilence” Thomas Nashe muses on the brevity of existence in the context of the pestilence or plague. All worldly vanaties will pass away: riches, bodily strength, wit and beauty. As Nashe puts it “Death proves them … Continue reading

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YOU ARE OLD FATHER WILLIAM BY LEWIS CARROLL

My first recollection of Lewis Carroll’s poem “You are old father william” is hearing it read by Mr Delacruz, a wonderful teacher at the Royal School for the Blind (Wavertree School) in Liverpool. It is a marvelous piece of nonsense … Continue reading

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A TIME EATING CLOCK

Yesterday my wife, daughter and I visited the Science Museum, a short walk from South Kensington station. The exhibit which most caught my attention was a time eating clock invented by the British inventor John C Taylor. I’ve always had a fascination … Continue reading

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INTO MY HEART AN AIR THAT KILLS BY A E HOUSEMAN

“Into my heart an air that kills   From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills,   What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content,   I see it shining plain, The … Continue reading

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THE SOLITARY REAPER BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

The Solitary Reaper is one of William Wordsworth’s better known poems, however it is non the worst for that. In the poem Wordsworth describes how he was moved by a young highland girl, alone in a Scottish field, reaping and … Continue reading

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THE HIGHWAYMAN BY ALFRED NOYES

One of the teachers who had a profound impact on me was Mr Delacruz, who taught in the Royal School for the Blind (Wavertree School), in Liverpool. I remember his classroom being full of books and him recording poems, onto … Continue reading

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AMBULANCES BY PHILIP LARKIN

I discovered Ambulances, by Philip Larkin while leafing through “The Golden Treasury of the best songs and lyrical poems in the English language, sellected and arranged by Francis Turner Palgrave, updated by John Press”. As with his poem Aubade the … Continue reading

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