“APRIL IS THE CRUELEST MONTH”: TWO POETS, TWO MEN, TWO AGES

April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain, Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers. Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbargersee With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade, AndContinue reading ““APRIL IS THE CRUELEST MONTH”: TWO POETS, TWO MEN, TWO AGES”

RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER: PART 5. COLERIDGE’S MYTHOLOGY.

O sleep ! it is a gentle thing. Beloved from pole to pole! To Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven That slid into my soul. The silly buckets on the deck, That had so long remained, I dreamt that they were filled with dew; And when I awoke,Continue reading “RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER: PART 5. COLERIDGE’S MYTHOLOGY.”

CONSTITUTIONAL REFLECTIONS

Life in the United Kingdom has struck the pause button since it was announced on Friday that the death had taken place of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, married to the Queen for seventy four years. A period of national mourning for eight days has been announced. The existence of the monarchy gives nations theContinue reading “CONSTITUTIONAL REFLECTIONS”

THE JOURNEY TO EMMAUS

St Luke 24. 13-35( KJV 1611) And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about three score furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near,Continue reading “THE JOURNEY TO EMMAUS”

“NOW THE GREEN BLADE RISETH”

Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abideth alone: but if it die it bringeth forth much fruit. St John 12. 24. Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain; Love lives again, thatContinue reading ““NOW THE GREEN BLADE RISETH””

“MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?”

Gethsemane presents a new situation. Before this Jesus would retire from the multitudes, and also from his disciples to be apart. He sought out solitude to be with God. Three times in the first chapter of Mark’s gospel he seeks to be in solitary places with the God he calls Father. Gethsemane, however, for theContinue reading ““MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?””

EASTER POEMS

The Crucifixion “String him up,” some repoman shouted, (repossessor) He’s a weirdo” “In the bin, in the bin”, Yelled another and grabbed some thorns, Sharp as needles, twisting them round A fresh-cut-thorn branch. He made A wreath and forced it down on his head, The pain piercing his flesh. “Morning vicar”, This comedian said andContinue reading “EASTER POEMS”

FOR PALM SUNDAY : THE DONKEY

The Donkey When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorns, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born. With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody On all four-footed things. The tattered outlaw of the earth Of ancient crooked will, Starve,Continue reading “FOR PALM SUNDAY : THE DONKEY”

THE LANGUAGE OF THE SUN AND MOON : DRAWING ON BOEHME.

You may have noticed in our readings of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” how the sun and moon are significant presences in the poem. Coleridge thought deeply on the subject of symbols and symbolic language. He saw Nature as reflecting the language of God the Creator and he also conceived that the poetic imagination,Continue reading “THE LANGUAGE OF THE SUN AND MOON : DRAWING ON BOEHME.”

RIME OF ANCIENT MARINER: PART 4 COLERIDGE, ADDICTION, RELEASE.

PART 4 “I fear thee ancient Mariner! I fear thy skinny hand! And thou art long,and lank, and brown, As is the ribbed sea-sand. I fear thee and thy glittering eye, And thy skinny hand so brown.”- Fear not, fear not thou Wedding-Guest! This body dropt not down. Alone, alone, all,all alone, Alone on aContinue reading “RIME OF ANCIENT MARINER: PART 4 COLERIDGE, ADDICTION, RELEASE.”