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Recessional by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling is quite correctly perceived as a poet who celebrated and actively supported the British Empire. This is undoubtedly the case, however as can be seen in his “Recessional” the picture of a jingoist is not a wholly accurate … Continue reading

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The Owl by Edward Thomas

On 17 March 2012 I wrote about the owl which haunts my garden and the nearby park. His voice is mournful but also provides company for those who, like me hear his song. In the below poem the English poet, … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Girl

Full of sunshine you smile or laugh. You sing and all seems right with the world. Your happiness is infectious, I smile at the unexpected pleasure “she remembers my name”. Always busy, flitting from table to table and thence back … Continue reading

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Jenny by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

“Vengeance of Jenny’s case! Fie on her! Never name her, child!”—Mrs. Quickly Lazy laughing languid Jenny, Fond of a kiss and fond of a guinea, Whose head upon my knee to-night Rests for a while, as if grown light With … Continue reading

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The Parting Glass

“Of all the money e’er I had, I spent it in good company. And all the harm I’ve ever done, Alas! it was to none but me. And all I’ve done for want of wit To mem’ry now I can’t … Continue reading

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Whit and profundity from Vera Pavlova

There are some real gems in Vera Pavlova’s “Heaven is not verbose” which appears in the April 2012 issue of “Poetry Magazine”, published by the Poetry Foundation. All of Vera’s prose is either whitty or profound, indeed much of her … Continue reading

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T S Eliot the Wasteland

I’ve just listened to a first-rate reading of Eliot’s Wasteland which was broadcast, on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 29 March. for the dramatisation (which is availible for six days, on the BBC’s I-Player visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dvzg7). For a permanent text … Continue reading

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