Useful links

I sometimes add links to blogs but realised it would also be  useful to have them, plus others, on a single page.   They will be added to when I get a round tuit (as they say) and no doubt some may fall off over time.  Most will have links to other sites.   Haven’t yet checked all the links work.  (Oh the shame of amateurism versus enthusiasm).

There are thousands of sites and here but a sample……… links may not be current….. checking will happen, haphazardly………..

All UK based (as far as aware)  unless country noted e.g. USA

Alliance of Literary Societies         For blogs, information and Newsletters covering a wide range of societies, events etc.

blackbox manifold          Current poems and poets, online mag.  Uni. Sheffield site.

enotes .com          USA              A site for students and teachers.  Can be useful as a quick double/check on people and terms.      For full service there is a subscription.

Friends of Dymock Poets      Covers an area of beautiful countryside which attracted poets to live and visit, specifically supporting:  Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibson, Edward Thomas          Regular articles and reviews from this Guardian site.

Ivor Gurney Society           Composer and poet:  often considered a war poet (WW1) but he considered music and song as his priority.

John Clare Society      John Clare possibly positioned himself as a ‘peasant poet’  for public consumption of the day.  He wrote a huge amount of poetry and natural history notes.   It is now possible to visit Clare’s Cottage in Helpston.   Other good sites on him exist.

literature Wales                     Focused interest, I first looked for inf. on Alun Rees

Michael Rosen Blog                As it says.  Many interesting items, views, ideas and methodology from a much respected writer, poet, educationalist.  A MUST-READ SITE!

National Poetry Day             Part of Forward Arts Foundation, see site for full range.

Poetry Atlas                          Likely a USA site.  Covers, as you’d expect, poetry depicting scenes from all round the world

Poetry Book Society              Founded in 1953 by T.S. Eliot and friends

Poetry Society                        Join to connect to around UK poetry scene

Poetry Foundation                USA:  ‘Putting poetry into American culture’.  Publish online poetry magazine.

Poem Hunter                          USA:        As it says; good way of finding poets and poems of all description.  Includes audio poems.

PoetryID                                 North Herts poetry group, linked to Poetry Society.  Regular  meetings and events.

Poetrypf                                 North London based group  Regular events  and listing of current poets and poems.

Robert Bloomfield Society      poet 1766-1823.  author of  The Farmer’s Boy (not sure if still active)

Shadow Poetry                         USA:  Another useful site, covering many styles of poetry with examples plus other writing resources.

The Victorian Web                 Not specifically poetry but a superb site for literature and history et al of the Victorian period

The War Poets Association      UK:   A good listing of names and work of War Poets plus relevant events and comments.  Not restricted to  era.   Seems a reasonably new site and likely to be another.  Pleased to see Vernon Scannell listed.


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Adlestrop and a review of ‘Adelstrophes’ by R.K.R Thornton

Adlestrophes,  by RKR Thornton                            published by  RECTORY PRESS

My copy is 6th ed, (augmented) dated 2017.     58pp price £5         isbn 978 0 9572415 0 3

A Graph Review:     70plus, up to 80 points

I assume this is available through bookshops, my copy was given by the author.      It seems you can buy copies directly from Rectory Press, as noted in the title pages, from:

and if you happen to do so, then please mention ‘poetryparc’  (no commission, just nice to know)

I decided I should include the original by Edward Thomas as a reminder  and as a visual comparison to the various styles so ably assembled in ‘Adlestrophes’.  It is included in this collection.


Yes. I remember Adlestrop—
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.
The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name
And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.
And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
from  ‘Poems’ (1917)   Edward Thomas
Okay, so you have re-visited Adlestrop.           Now, via this lovely little collection by RKR Thornton plus single poems by five others, you can sit in the train at that very same spot and sample the style of many a famous poet.
Kelsey gives an introduction where he explains the reasons for this collection and points out that some of the variations contain details not found in the original.  The front and back covers have the assorted poets sitting in a carriage, with brief comment from Kelsey. There are also three b&w illustrations in the text. I assume all drawn by Kelsey Thornton.
Yes, hints of other streams of thought (ie well-known poems) filter through these  variants and add to the fun of reading each poem.  Whatever your preference……well, almost….. you will be able to pick out the subtle and not so subtle elements of period poetry.      Actually, you cant miss them most of the time!
For an example from the book:
Matsuo Basho  (1644-1694)
from the Japanese
Engine’s unplanned halt;
In hush of midsummer noon
Ripples of birdsong
Should I list the poets?  I will give a selection of those included.  If your favourite isn’t there  it wont matter a jot!
a prose writer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Pope, Wordsworth, Southey, Keats, Tennyson, McGonagall, Dickinson, Swinburne, Hardy, cummings, Dowson, Frost, Masefield, Milne, Brooke, Issa, Cope, Lorca: and, as they say, even more.
This book is entertaining and also informative in its way of showing the differences in style and periods and indeed the quality of RKR’s work (and others).   It also highlights the quality of the original and affirms its place in the nation’s memory and affection.  A lovely little collection, great for a journey!
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