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Inspired by Poetry

This was the theme for the next travelling book to reach my hands and it very nearly undid me. I love poetry. I get huge pleasure from reading and writing and performing it and I couldn’t even whittle down my favourites to a long-list of 100 poems I could do without! 235 more words

French Knots

Choose the Dragon

Choose the Dragon

“The infant child is not aware
it has been eaten by the bear.”


I chose the dragon, mister, not the bear. 107 more words

A pair of Cadfael books

I started my year’s reading with two Cadfael books, Monk’s Hood and St Peter’s Fair, by Ellis Peters (pen name of Edith Pargeter). These are books I bought while visiting Shrewsbury Museum with my friend Pam in December 2014, so it’s about time I read them. 666 more words


A Shropshire Lad

Last year’s Folio Society edition of ‘A Shropshire Lad’ by A. E. Housman contains Agnes Miller Parker’s 1940 wood engravings to this timeless set of poems. 369 more words


Those familiar with Alfred Edward Housman will know that a “sports” poem by him is not going to be simply a sports poem.  That is certainly the case with today’s example, which is poem XVII (#17) in his collection… 1,207 more words

England's Forgotten Composer

When most people think about England’s great composers, the names of Henry Purcell, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams immediately spring to mind. There is, however, one composer who has been consistently forgotten over the past 99 years. 785 more words


A Short Analysis of A. E. Housman's 'Give Me a Land of Boughs in Leaf'

A short analysis of a classic autumnal poem by A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

Much of A. E. Housman’s poetry requires no analysis or criticism; its meaning is plain enough to the reader. 485 more words