And to end this month, as we’re already abroad, let us take a late-season holiday with Hilaire Belloc, somewhere in Spain: a place of happy memories, though the coming political troubles of the Civil War already cast their fateful shadows: TARENTELLA Do you remember an Inn, Miranda? Do you remember an Inn? This poem is still […]
Regard for a native landscape frequently rises to encompass poetic emotion, as in Hugh MacDiarmid’s SCOTLAND SMALL Scotland small? Our multiform, our infinite Scotland small? Scotland Small is still in copyright, but can be read here. Next Poem: From the Fairie Queene by Edmund Spenser
And finally from fantasy to realism in Ted Hughes’ memo: NOVEMBER The month of the drowned dog. After long rain the land Was sodden as the bed of an ancient lake, This poem is copyright, but you can read it here.
The Vicar of Morwenstow’s efforts were not wholly successful as evidenced by Walter de la Mare’s dramatic monologue entitled: SAM Where Sam goes back in memory, It is to where the sea This poem is copyright, but you can read it here. Next: The Month of the Drowned Dog Ted Hughes
Charles Causley recounts how an earlier Cornish poet, the Reverend R.S.Hawker of “And shall Trelawney die?” fame, sought to cure his parishioners of their superstitions by dressing up as a mermaid. THE MERRYMAID Robert Stephen Hawker, Vicar of Morwenstow, This poem is copyright. Next: Sam Walter de la Mare
Flight to Australia A Poet Laureate of the twentieth century, Cecil Day Lewis uses the metaphor of an orchestra to describe the lift-off of a condemned D.H.9 during the “Flight to Australia” of Parer and M’Intosh in l920: an exploit that ended successfully. This verse paragraph too is full of appropriate sound: “Orchestrate this theme, […]