I discovered this online

I missed when this wonderful reading started but I am slowly catching up.  The reading is up to Day 29.  I think most folks my age would have read The Ancient Mariner when they were at school.  I wish I had the opportunity to have access to the mix of art, poetry and scientific research…

Rabbie Burns Night is coming up. . .25th January

I wrote a post several years ago about Burns Night and thought that now was a good time to revisit that post. 25th January is the birthday of Robert Burns.  Some of you may be asking, “Who is he?’ He is probably the most well known of the Scottish poets.  There are links to many…

Two chronometers the captain had,

When I was a primary school teacher here in Australia part of the curriculum to be taught was poetry.  I tried to link the subjects I taught, and when teaching Australian history, the discovery of Australia and the role of Captain Cook I found a poem that linked to that very subject. The reason I…

Philip Larkin

I have always loved poetry and I was recently looking through some of Philip Larkin’s poems and these couple of lines stood out for me. I have always appreciated the poetry of Philip Larkin.  His many honours include the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He was offered, but declined, the position of Poet Laureate in…

The Twa Corbies. . . .

I was pondering how we had to learn poetry when we were at school and it was still something that was happening in my first few years as a teacher.  Unfortunately, or some would say fortunately, poetry recital is no longer fashionable.  As I have said in previous posts it always used to surprise me…