Category Archives: Poem of the Month

‘To Autumn’ by William Blake

When I think of Blake, I generally think of madness and intensity and gothic splendour. I tend to forget he also wrote poems of innocence and some really charming verses about the simple pleasures of nature.  Of course, one of … Continue reading

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Poem of the Month: The General Prologue to Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ (1478)

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in … Continue reading

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An Irish Classic in Honour of St Patrick’s Day: ‘The Second Coming’ by Yeats (1919)

I’ve been wanting to write a post about ‘The Second Coming’ for simply ages.  It is one of the most brilliant poems ever written in the English language, but it’s just so depressing no one ever seem to want to … Continue reading

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Poem of the month: ‘We Like March’ by Emily Dickinson

When I had my own classroom (I used to be a secondary school English teacher), one of my favourite wall displays was a ‘poem of the month’ board which held a rotating selection of verse.  The rules were simple.  Each … Continue reading

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Poem of the Month: The Supremely Romantic Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee … Continue reading

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Poem of the Month: ‘A Soft October Night’ in ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T S Eliot (1917)

This may be a difficult post for me to write.  I get so emotionally involved in ‘The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock’ that reading it tends to leave me drained and agitated, unable to read anything else of lesser worth … Continue reading

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An Auden poem for Pride 2015

It’s currently Pride weekend and I want to honour the occasion by relating it to literature.  I find it shocking that male homosexuality was only decriminalised in the UK in 1967!  Even then, it was still a crime if one … Continue reading

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