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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Tell me a poem..

I read a fair number of books, but I can't recall the last time I actually read any poetry.

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One of the things which really made me think about this was that at the wedding I went to recently, the father of the bride made a speech which included a rather beautiful poem. And it got me thinking that I would never be able to create anything like that because the only poems I can think of are the ones I had to study for GCSE English in that blasted anthology.

Now and again I catch a little of Poetry Please, when waiting for The Archers on Radio 4, and a couple of years ago Mrs Sock sent me a copy of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats to read before we went to see the musical. But aside from that, I can think of no occasions where I've actively read a poem. And I feel as though I should. But where on earth does one start?

Apparently April is National Poetry Month (granted, that's in the US, but still). To celebrate, Grammarly have created this little quiz, which you can use to find out who your poetry BFF would be.






Do you read poetry? And if so, please send some recommendations my way. I'd love to broaden my reading horizons.

8 comments:

  1. Quite a few years ago my dad bought me a book called something like The Nation's Favourite Poems based on a survey the BBC had done. I liked flicking through it as most of the poems were quite accessible and there were many famous ones in there. Maybe see if you can get a copy of that?

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    1. I'll definitely keep an eye out for that one.

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  2. I have always loved the poems of W H Auden. I especially love "Oh tell me the truth about love".
    When I go to Northumberland, I try to learn more of a poem from memory. I'm tryong to learn Daffodils at the moment. X

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    1. Oh wow, I definitely don't know any poems well enough to know them by heart.

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  3. This is a lovely post Char! I do love classic poets such as Wordsworth and read a lot of poems centred around nature, not surprisingly, but recently I've started to go looking for more modern poets and I love Tyler Knott Gregson, his stuff is lovely and I can't get enough! - Tasha

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    1. Thank you, I'll have a look for his works.

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  4. I got thoroughly put off by poetry at school (I remember that horrible anthology well, yuck!) - the only two poets I've really got into are Edward Lear (from a love of The Owl and the Pussycat when I was really young) and Charles Causley (from watching several of his stories turned into theatre shows). I probably should read more poetry but there's just far too many good books to read instead! :-) x

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  5. Apparently my poet Poet BFF is Emily Dickenson - I can live with that!

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