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Category Archives: poetry

In the beginning were the words

There are certain words and phrases that are so closely linked to a particular source that the association is never lost. Such words and phrases must be used cautiously, if … Continue reading

May 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

A poem by Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes was unusual in not writing about himself or, for that matter, about anyone else. Most poets are not like that. They want to share their feelings with us, … Continue reading

April 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to write a love poem, let me count the ways

Traditionally, a love poem is addressed to the object of the poet’s love. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate.Rough winds do shake … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rupert Brooke, playwright

Rupert Brooke’s range is wider than he is usually given credit for, both in form and content. Lust, an early poem about sex, consensual or otherwise, begins with the usual … Continue reading

December 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Two poets from Hull

Philip Larkin’s poems have an epigrammatic quality that is shared with Hull’s other poet, Andrew Marvell. The grave’s a fine and private placeBut none I think do there embrace could … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

D.H.Lawrence and the urge to write

The urge to write is not unusual. When I was a teacher I saw it in many of the children I taught. But not all. Some had a greater urge … Continue reading

August 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Going the extra foot

The widely held belief that Shakespeare wrote in iambic pentameters is based on a misunderstanding, the result of a misguided attempt on the part of literary scholars to apply the … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment