As January draws to a close I’ve been looking back at poems that have influenced me in some way.After writing a few of my own poems, I’ve found a new appreciation for great poetry.
A poem can capture so much about the subject with a few words, through the mood or feeling. I want to share some of my thoughts about these with you and perhaps hear your comments.
If… by Rudyard Kipling
Probably one of the most famous of all poems, has to be a favourite; it’s strong, uplifting words are based on a masculine ideal.
Reading it at a time when you are feeling low and not certain of the way forward; can help you feel stronger and find purpose.
Jabberwocky (from Through the Looking-Glass) by Lewis Carroll
You have probably all guessed by now that one of my favourite authors is Lewis Carroll and the classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
On first glance Jabberwocky appears to be written in strange words, but you can get the general sense of the words from their sounds. Although a number of the words have been adopted and are now in the dictionary. Jabberwocky has a enchanting quality about it that’s unusual.
Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley
As we approach Valentines Day, Love’s Philosophy expresses love in a magical and dream like way. It appears to be more about the fantasy of being in love than reality. Shelley originally wrote it for a young lady he admired. He was obviously smitten by her!
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
A poem by Shakespeare had to be part of my list in some form. In this sonnet, Shakespeare writes a more mature love sonnet describing marriage and includes words used in the marriage service. Sonnet 116 is a favourite poem for couples to choose to recite at a wedding or civil ceremony.
Twelve Songs by W H Auden (Stop all the Clocks)
I’ve always admired this poem it’s a favourite of mine. It’s a love song about two gay men. The dramatic tone and descriptive words are immensely striking. It’s popularity rose when it was recited in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’; in the funeral service.
What do you think of my selection? What are your favourite poems and why?
I mentioned reading a gripping novel in my previous post ‘keep positive and motivated with fibromyalgia ‘.
I have something different for you this week.
JC, an avid reader all his life has written a guest post for us. I consider him far more qualified than me to write about reading and books. Having read all the books in the junior library when he was little. So here are his thoughts on reading……
Have you ever sat and thought,
‘How I would like to read a new adventure’
I know I have and very often when I was young, I found an easy way to find that adventure whenever I liked.
I found a book in our library that when I read it, it made me impatient to turn the pages and see if “my hero” could escape this fate that was staring him in the face.
Wow! Would he survive and how did he get out of this and for a moment it wasn’t my hero it was me in this terrible situation. But by his quick thinking (or luck) he managed to escape and live to fight another day.
I could not wait to find another book in the same series or by the same author and embark on yet another hair raising tale of adventure.
In no time or so it seemed I had read all the books by this author and was looking anxiously for another that was similar or even better.
I realised that other books, (non fiction) described other activities or places were also very interesting.
We were allowed to borrow up to five books at a time from our library and so I would borrow all my allowance and scuttle home with them and often be back for more before the week was out.
How wonderful it was to sail the high seas and have to be strapped to the mast to stay alive.
Or be flying in a fighter aircraft and be alone and attacked by three or more enemy aircraft.
Or be in a courtroom and be arguing for my client to be found “not guilty”.
Or to be in a jungle path with impenetrable jungle one side and a steep fall of a thousand metres the other side and coming charging down the path an angry tiger………
Great stuff JC, thanks for your post.
Has this inspired you to search out that book you have been meaning to read for ages?
If you want to read a wide range of material from papers, magazines, fiction, non fiction, biographies/autobiographies, audiobooks, ebooks. Start your search at your library.
Your local library is free!……and able to supply all of these for you.