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  1. Rescued thread Adrian 15th December 2005 09:28 AM Haiku I just don't get haiku. I can read some and appreciate the fact that the writer has followed the lines / syllables rules and thus has written a haiku on "Global Warming" or "My Settee" and I am always left cold. I flicked through a book at lunch-time today, and not one of them was memorable. As an intellectual exercise I suppose it does no harm, but I have not yet learnt their appeal. All replies to this thread must contain a haiku. And bonus points if your response is just a haiku. The BGO crowd Are very wise and k
  2. Just seen this press release: T S Eliot Prize Shortlist Announcement The Shortlist for the T S Eliot Prize 2005 has been announced and can be found on the Poetry Book Society website at http://www.poetrybooks.co.uk. Don't know if it is of interest, but thought I'd tell you anyways!
  3. I read this somewhere in the past: <BLOCKQUOTE>May you have food and raiment, A soft pillow for your head, May you be forty years in heaven Before the devil knows you're dead.</BLOCKQUOTE> and this one: <BLOCKQUOTE>You came into the world naked and bare Went through the world with trouble and care You'll exit the world for who knows where But if you're a thoroughbred here, you're a thoroughbred there.</BLOCKQUOTE> And I'm guessing this one originated in Ireland: <BLOCKQUOTE>Go neirigh an bothar leat, go mbeidh an gaoth choiche sa droim agat, is
  4. Hi I haven't read much poetry since school but ws thinking of getting a compilation type book to dip into occasionally when the urge came along. can anyone recommend anything reasonable and not too complex ??? Thanks Shazzer
  5. Many moons ago (in June, I think) we started discussing two poems selected by Claire and had, in my humble opinion, some good exchanges of views. Since then, we've tried to keep it going and had some discussion, but it seems to have petered out. Part of the problem, perhaps, is not having an obvious leader?? And the summer didn't help. I'd love for someone to start this again and perhaps coordinate our discussions - what about meg or elfstar who seem to be regulars on this section? Or could Claire be tempted back? Perhaps we could get more people involved in the discussions? Should we
  6. If you enjoy poetry and needlework, you might be interested in this project by the charity 'Poems in the Waiting Room', and The National Needlework Archive.
  7. Two poems on the theme of love moving on. Brooke's concentrating on the Jealousy he feels and the Wyatt being rather more bewildered. I hope these interest you all, the Wyatt is a particular favourite of mine,especially interesting regarding the background and I think the Brooke is a fascinating contrast to his better known war poetry. Jealousy Rupert Brooke WHEN I see you, who were so wise and cool, Gazing with silly sickness on that fool You’ve given your love to, your adoring hands Touch his so intimately that each understands, I know, most hidden things; and when I
  8. Here's the next poetry comparison. Sorry these are both a bit grim (I thought of the Hardy after Seraphina's poems and the Larkin naturally followed), but I thought they made an interesting pair and hope you do too. The Convergence of the Twain by Thomas Hardy (lines on the loss of the Titanic) I In a solitude of the sea Deep from human vanity, And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she. II Steel chambers, late the pyres Of her salamandrine fires, Cold currents thrid, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres. III Over the mirrors meant To glass the
  9. Ok here are my choices (it's unexpectedly nervewracking choosing poems for other people to read!!): Not Waving but Drowning Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning: I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. Poor chap, he always loved larking And now he's dead It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way, They said. Oh, no no no, it was too cold always (Still the dead one lay moaning) I was much too far out all my life And not waving but drowning. Stevie Smith Musee des Beaux Arts About suffering they w
  10. I apologise because I have not had as much time as I thought to find these poems. However here they are separated by some 300 years one by Shakespeare and one by Elaine Feinstein who was born in 1930. I hope you enjoy them. Sonnet LXXIII. “That time of year thou mayst in me behold” THAT time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see’st the twilight of such day 5 As after sunset fadeth in the west;
  11. I only dabble a bit in reading poetry. I don't think I'm quite up to a detailed discussion of a specific book - but I'd love to know what other people's favourite poems and poets are, and a bit about why you like them. Who knows, you might get me started on something I wouldn't otherwise have tried - that would be cool!
  12. Listening to the radio with half an ear this morning I heard part of an interview with a senior member of the nursing profession (Mavis something?) who has recently received an MBE. It seems that she was moved to come to the UK from the West Indies by a desire to see the churchyard of Gray's 'Elegy", and to see daffodils 'Tossing their heads in sprightly dance'. It caused me to wonder what influence a particular poem might have exerted on any of us in our choices, big or small. (e.g. Anyone out there wearing purple yet?)
  13. I'm looking forward to ensuing discussions, disections and diversions! A question for my fellow poeteers: who's the poet you've most enjoyed discovering this year? My answer would be Gerard Manley Hopkins, far and away. I love his spirituality and his use of words. (Coffee)Bron
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