Monthly Archives: January 2015

Upon Julia’s Breasts and Other Poems

One poem every day through 2015. This week I fell behind a little but fortunately was able to recover myself to be able to present seven poems in this post. 22nd January 2015 “Upon Julia’s Breasts” (text) Robert Herrick Display thy … Continue reading

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The Kalevala Pt 1 :: A Difficult Birth

A Chronology (of sorts) Young, Very Young Read The Hobbit Same Day(ish) Fell in love with J. R. R. Tolkien’s books forever Some Point Later, Probably Early Teens Read The Lord of the Rings Same Day(ish) Resolved never to read … Continue reading

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Power Reading Mary Renault

Yesterday, I received what for a library user can only be described as The E-mail of Doom: Someone has asked to borrow a book that I have taken out, please could I return it? Initial reaction Gah! It’s not a new … Continue reading

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A Hymn to God the Father and Other Poems

The plan is to read (at least) one poem every day through 2015 and then once a week, or as quickly as possible thereafter, write a blog post containing the name of the poem (and poet), the line that stood … Continue reading

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None Other Gods by R H Benson

Twice did I try, and twice did I fail to make any progress with Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel Lord of the World. Despite this inauspicious start, I really wanted to read something by him so picked up None Other Gods. Firstly, … Continue reading

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Lepanto and Other Poems

I have committed myself to reading one poem a day through 2015. Here are my quick thoughts about those of the last week… 8th January 2015 Lepanto (text) G K Chesterton (Don John of Austria is going to the war.) (Don … Continue reading

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Benedict Biscop

Today is the feast of St Benedict Biscop, founder of the Benedictine twin monastery at Wearmouth and Jarrow. Benedict lived between AD c.628-690 and taught the Venerable Bede when the latter was still  a young boy. He was also something … Continue reading

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