Poetry Pocketcards – In Detail Still Monday, 22 February 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.
Tags: Adrian Mitchell, e e cummings, Edward Lear, James Hogg, Lewis Carroll, Robert Burns, Rudyard Kipling, T S Eliot, W B Yeats, William Shakespeare
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Here is your second batch of poetry pocketcards:
Edward Estlin Cummings was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. His body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays, as well as numerous drawings and paintings.
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and a photographer. His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems “The Hunting of the Snark” and “Jabberwocky”, all examples of the genre of literary nonsense.
Rudyard Kipling was a British author and poet, born in Bombay in 1865. His children’s books are enduring classics of children’s literature, and his poetry exceptionally popular. In 1907, he was the first English language writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. He declined both the Poet Laureateship and a knighthood.
James Hogg was born near Ettrick in Scotland in 1770 and is often referred to as ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’. His employer introduced him to Sir Walter Scott, who asked him to help with a publication entitled The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. Eventually becoming a well-known literary figure in Edinburgh, he was recruited by William Blackwood for Blackwood’s Magazine, and went on to publish The Private Memoirs and Confessions of A Justified Sinner, now his most widely recognised work, and cited as an influential work by many modern Scottish writers.
Adrian Mitchell was a London-born poet, novelist and playwright. A former journalist, he became a noted figure on the British anti-authoritarian Left and for almost half a century he was the foremost poet of the country’s anti-Bomb movement. He died in 2008, and is survived by his wife, Celia, and five children.
Robert Burns was born in Ayrshire in 1759 and while he contemplated emigration to the West Indies, his collection of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect was published by John Wilson of Kilmarnock, and its unexpected success led him to reconsider. Instead, he moved to Edinburgh where he was fêted. During the last years of his life, Burns wrote some of his great poetic masterpieces, including ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and ‘A red, red rose’. He died in aged 37, of heart disease.
Every year, on 25 January, the anniversary of his birth, Scots celebrate Burns Night with a Burns Supper, a traditional celebration consisting of speeches, music and song dedicated to the poet’s life and work.
Thomas Stearns Eliot was an American-born English poet, playwright, and literary critic. His first notable publication, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, is regarded as a masterpiece of the modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and Four Quartets. He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Order of Merit in 1948.
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”.
Over To You
So, there you have them – our poetry pocketcards. Which do you like best?
Evelyn’s Story Friday, 19 February 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.
Tags: W B Yeats
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Everlyn loves the poem “He wishes for the cloths of heaven” by W. B. Yeats and her favourite stanza is:
because you tread
on my dreams
Alan’s story: ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ Saturday, 9 January 2010Posted by carryapoem in Stories.
Tags: W B Yeats
I think this is the most amazing poem. I love how it starts with the list of the most beautiful, mystical things that he would throw at the feet of his beloved to show the depth of his love, but then he turns it all on its head and shows how much more powerful it is to just say that my love is not about material things, my love for you is about my very soul. I also like the fact that it’s a little emotionally manipulative: I love you more than I can say, but don’t you hurt me! I guess it just reminds me of the wobbliness and the craziness of being in love. I read it at my wedding, that’s how much I like it.
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
by William Butler Yeats
Alan Cumming is an actor, originally from Carnoustie. He has appeared in countless plays, films and TV shows, and was the voice of Persnikitty in the movie Garfield.