Category Archives: Poet’s Day

This week’s poems are a stark contrast to the bravery and courage expressed in the poems of last week—they are tales of the cross cove, the criminal who takes advantage of others by theft, fraud or murder.

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This week’s poems are all on the subject of determination, courage and hope in the face of huge odds.

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The authors of sea shanties are often unknown, as they usually grew out of the rhythm of hard work: rowing a boat or lifting a sail or raising the anchor.

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It seems right to commemorate the tremendous efforts of World War II by choosing poems for the army, navy and air force.

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This week’s poems continue the theme of love, starting with Christopher Marlowe’s pastoral plea of “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”, continuing with Sir Walter Raleigh’s imagining of “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” and concluding with Christina Rossetti’s celebratory “The Birthday”.

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Love is a perennial theme for poets and lyricists the world over, of course, and there are many poems that I could choose from.

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Today’s poems are about children in honour of my new nephew Harry Christopher Willing, and also for all my friends who are juggling their jobs, their children and their home life in these difficult times.

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Poet’s Day continues with three poems by Robert Herrick. I had planned to choose poems about Easter but on reflection, the poems I found all seemed to be very religious in nature and didn’t inspire me, so I abandoned the idea.

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I thought I’d post two or three poems each week. Poems that I’ve enjoyed, poems that I used to read to Nicola, and poems that seem to be appropriate. I’ll talk a bit about the author of the poem, and why I’ve chosen it. I’m calling it “Poet’s Day: Going from Bad to Verse” 😉

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