Category Archives: Writing by others

Spenser’s Ireland by Marianne Moore

Fantastic wordplay inspired in part by a National Geographic article? “[L]ike enchanted Earl Gerald who changed himself into a stag, to a great green-eyed cat of the mountain.” Much controversy and discussion surrounds this poem, as with much of modern poetry. Here’s one … Continue reading

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Burns Day is Coming Up

The next Burns Day will be celebrated in Scotland and in much of the literate world on January 25, 2021. Burns Day, and perhaps more importantly, Burns Night, began informally in 1801. It has since become an official holiday in … Continue reading

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La Marseillaise Sung by Mireille Mathieu (with English subtitles)

I’ve never understood La Marseillaise until now. An anthem so stirring it could churn butter. As all translations differ, the version below differs from what is on the video. La Marseillaise – English lyrics From http://www.marseillaise.org/english/english.html Arise children of the … Continue reading

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Wakefulness By Amy Lowell

Wakefulness Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925) Was Lowell influenced by Japanese poets? The first three lines are short descriptors, declarative statements, much like haiku.  Read by Ghizela Rowe. Jolt of market-carts; Steady drip of horses’ hoofs on hard pavement; A … Continue reading

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How That Line Really Goes

How That Line Really Goes “The best laid plans of mice and men . . .” Actually, “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men gang aft agley . . .” Wonderful reading from the Scottish actress Eva Trayna. I’ve … Continue reading

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February Twilight

Name a sweeter 26 second poem. I defy you! February Twilight by Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933) Read by Ghizela Rowe I stood beside a hill Smooth with new-laid snow, A single star looked out From the cold evening glow. … Continue reading

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A Sample of Beachey Head

A Sample of Beachey Head This is just a portion of Beachey Head, written by Charlotte Smith and read by Ghizela Rowe. Beachey Head is an amazing word portrait, you can almost picture the chalky bluff at Beachey Head and … Continue reading

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Bots Censoring Even Storied, Factual Magazines

Few history magazines are more well respected than American Heritage. Its scholarship, impartiality, and stable of great writers have proven its worth over more than a half century in print and online. Today, mindless bots and algorithms are now attacking … Continue reading

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Nearer, My God, To Thee

Nearer, My God, To Thee Ghizela Rowe reads this traditionally sung work in her hypnotically charged voice: Nearer, My God, to Thee Sarah F. Adams (1805–1848) Nearer to thee! E’en though it be a cross That raiseth me. Still all … Continue reading

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Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes

Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes Ben Jonson (correct spelling) 1573? – 1637) That famous line is from Jonson’s “To Celia.” The beautiful reading in this video is by Ken Ross and the quoted text begins at 0:40. Drink … Continue reading

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