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Gather ye Rose-buds While ye May by Robert Herrick

I see the Latin phrase for seize the day commonly used to interpert this poem. I’d prefer something less aggressive. Perhaps contemplate or think upon the day. The poem’s mood is relaxed and thoughtful about time, not a call to … Continue reading

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My Lady by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz

My Lady by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz (1648 – 1695) The steeple bells of passion and love in poetry chime and peal uninterrupted through the centuries. This reading is by the best … Continue reading

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Danny Deever by Rudyard Kipling

The immortal Rudyard Kipling. (one of many internal links) A favorite poem. Masterful use of call and response. Danny Deever By Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) ‘What are the bugles blowin’ for?’ said Files-on-Parade. ‘To turn you out, to turn … Continue reading

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Night is On the Downland by John Masefield

John Masefield is best know for his memorable lines in Sea Fever: “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer … Continue reading

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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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You Kissed Me by Josephine Slocum Hunt

You Kissed Me Josephine Slocum Hunt (? -?) Has that magic moment ever been better described? I can’t immediately find any information on Hunt. Can you help? Leave a comment or email: thomasfarley@fastmail.com Brought alive by the reading of Ghizela … 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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Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright!

Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright! William Blake was a poet and an artist. He was one of the first in Britain (or anywhere else in Europe) to see a tiger in person when he saw one in London. As an artist … Continue reading

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The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo

The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) I think of Kipling (internal link — one of several) as a master of putting down difficult dialects on a page, similarly skilled as Mark Twain. The confidence and style … 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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