Category Archives: Pre-1914

Three Poems by Henry lawson

Well,  just trundled my way through his collected works.  There must be over 500 assorted poems in total by this earl Australian poet, writer and journalist.   Most of them fairly long to put in this post of brief reminders of … Continue reading

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On the Eve of St Agnes by John Keats

If it is 20th January, it is a suitable time to put this up.   One of Cambridge ‘A’ level poems for 2016, not sure if it still fits the themes for future exam study.  But this is one of many … Continue reading

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Arthur Symons: Some poems and notes

Venetian Night Her eyes in the darkness shone, in the twilight shed By the gondola bent like the darkness over her head. Softly the gondola rocked, lights came and went; A white glove shone as her black fan lifted and … Continue reading

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St Martin’s Eve by John Clare

St Martin’s day is the 11th November and taken as the feast day of the saint, Martin of Tours, particularly noted as 11th minute of 11th hour of the eleventh day, eleventh month.  (See Brewers Phrase & Fable) In England, … Continue reading

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John Clare: This Happy Spirit, A Graph Review

A Graph Review:              70 to 85 points   It hits all the high notes for quality of production, selection of poems and linocuts John Clare       This Happy Spirit Poems of Clare selected and edited by R.K.R. Thornton and Carry Akroyd. … Continue reading

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A Poesy of Roses

A Poesy of Roses:    Poets have a lot to answer for:   Go, lovely rose!                    Edmund Waller   1606-1687 Go, lovely rose ! Tell her that wastes her time and me, That now she knows, When I resemble her to thee, … Continue reading

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Ann Radcliff and John Clare : two sides of love

  To the Visions of Fancy                              Ann Radcliffe   1764-1823 Dear, wild illusions of creative mind! Whose varying hues arise to Fancy’s art, And by her magic force are swift combin’d In forms that please, and scenes that touch the heart: … Continue reading

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