A POEM TO WELCOME THE NEW YEAR.

In Scotland this evening, the 31st of December is called Hogmanay. Usually it is a time of celebration, of gleeful gathering and communal hope. All that this year, however, is not to be. There will be no social revelry, no communality, no first footing of friends and neighbours. For, despite welcome and hopeful news ofContinue reading “A POEM TO WELCOME THE NEW YEAR.”

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER PART 1

ARGUMENT How a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the Cold country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to hisContinue reading “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER PART 1”

INTRODUCING “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER”.

ARGUMENTHow a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to his ownContinue reading “INTRODUCING “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER”.”

THE EOLIAN HARP

This is one of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s early conversation poems, first written in 1795. The address is to his young married wife, Sarah. The Eolian Harp (or Aeolian, from Aeolus the Greek god of wind) was devised as an outdoor wind instrument played into sound by currents of air. The sounds enable the poet toContinue reading “THE EOLIAN HARP”

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

This is a story of the childhood of great poet S. T. Coleridge. His father died when he was nine and the young boy was sent to board at the charity school of Christ’s Hopital. A compulsive reader he would read works from the school library: “my whole being was with eyes closed to everyContinue reading “THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS”

“THE BODY OF GOD”

Here are two further “Last Poems” of D. H. Lawrence on the subject of the demiurge: DEMIURGE They say that reality exists only in the spirit that corporal existence is a kind of death that pure being is bodiless that the idea of form precedes the form substantial. But what nonsense it is! as ifContinue reading ““THE BODY OF GOD””

THE IMAGINATION OF GOD

Shortly before D. H. Lawrence died his medical specialist stated, “an ordinary man with those lungs would have died long ago; but with a real artist no normal prognosis is ever sure; there are other forces involved”. (D. H Lawrence Penguin Critical Anthologies ed. H. Coombes 1973). His friend, Aldous Huxley, writes of him: “HeContinue reading “THE IMAGINATION OF GOD”

“Enjambment! Or would You Prefer the French Version, Sir?”

Is there a word the sound of which-whether uttered correctly or incorrectly -makes you wince? In French -for me, “enjambement” is not like that. It is rather such a sweet sounding, elegant intonation. I love to hear it pronounced by a good French speaker. And I , in turn, attempted, in my rudimentary French toContinue reading ““Enjambment! Or would You Prefer the French Version, Sir?””

“THERE WAS A BOY”

This poem was initially written as a separate one and then was later incorporated in “The Prelude” (Book5), the long autobiographical poem in twelve books, which Wordsworth subtitled “Growth of a Poet’s Mind” The work in these early books, as in this poem here, follows Wordsworth’s early development and his boyhood love of Nature inContinue reading ““THERE WAS A BOY””

GOOD FRIDAY

“The wounded surgeon plies the steel That questions the distempered part; Beneath the bleeding hands we feel The sharp compassion of the healer’s art Resolving the enigma of the fever chart. Our only health is the disease If we obey the dying nurse Whose constant care is not to please But to remind of ourContinue reading “GOOD FRIDAY”