Category Archives: Poetry

A Short Analysis of William Blake’s ‘The Clod and the Pebble’ by guest author Dr Oliver Tearle

This article was first posted on 23 November 2017 on the website Interesting Literature set up by Dr Oliver Tearle, Professor at Loughborough University in England. It can be found at https://interestingliterature.com/2017/11/23/a-short-analysis-of-william-blakes-the-clod-and-the-pebble/ .   The Clod and the Pebble is a William Blake poem that first appeared in his 1794 volume Songs of Experience, the companion-piece to …

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10 of the Best Poems about Stars by guest author Dr Oliver Tearle

This article was first published on the Site Interesting Literature founded and edited by Dr Oliver Tearle, Lecturer in English at Loughborough University and freelance writer. It appeared on 28 July 2017 at https://interestingliterature.com/2017/07/28/10-of-the-best-poems-about-stars/#more-12016. The best starry poems Stars, like flowers and the moon and sunsets, are part of the ‘paint-by-numbers’ poetry toolkit: if you want …

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Owersettin by A C Clarke, Maggie Rabatski and Sheila Templeton

There is a poetry group in the village that meets once a month, led by my friend Ruth. We meet to share poetry we enjoy and some of us write poetry too. Occassionally, Ruth calls upon her wide variety of poet friends to come along and read some of their work to us. Last month, …

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Poems by Maya Angelou

It was my friend Maureen who introduced me to Maya Angelou’s poetry when she gave me a copy of her book, Poems, some years ago. I am surprised to see that I have not yet reviewed the book, because it is one of my constant companions.  Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil …

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‘Sumer is icumumen in’ by guest author Dr Oliver Tearle

This article, by Dr. Oliver Tearle Lecturer in English at Loughborough University, England was first published on 01.06.2016 on the website Interesting Literature at https://interestingliterature.com/2016/06/01/a-short-analysis-of-sumer-is-icumen-in/. English poetry begins with a stag breaking wind. Or, at least, it does if you pick up The Oxford Book of English Verse, where the short song, ‘Sumer is icumen in’, begins …

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100 Poems to see You Through: Bright Words for the Darkest Hours, by Daisy Goodwin

100 Poems to see You Through – Bright Words for the Darkest Hours is a book of poetry put together by Daisy Goodwin. She is a British television producer, poetry anthologist and novelist who was born on 19, December, 1961. This particular book was published in aid of Maggie’s Centres which are available throughout the UK for …

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Interesting Facts about Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ by guest author Oliver Tearle

Here’s a question for you. Can you name the three biggest-selling poets in the world? Shakespeare has to be in there (and he is – at number one in most accounts), but what about the other two? Wordsworth? Homer? Tennyson? John Betjeman, maybe? His poetry sold a lot of copies in the twentieth century. No, …

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Poems by guest author Ruth Grant

February small white delicate flowers slender stems in tiny clusters they appear in February sweeping away the dullness of winter, snowdrops an invitation to celebrate Valentine lovers wax eloquent run to the letter box eagerly searching intimate scribbles on perfumed paper romance in the air will it be there a quick glance a smile of …

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Interesting Facts About The Sonnet by guest author Dr Oliver Teale

A short history of the sonnet form, with some fun facts about its development Writing an introduction to the sonnet throws out a number of questions, so in this post we will ask what might be considered the essential questions about the sonnet form, and provide some answers. Who invented the sonnet? What form does …

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Festival of Poetry: A Collection of Poetry

Festival of Poetry is a collection of poems by poets from around the UK. It was published by United Press in 2013. The poems were those winning and commended poems entered into a national competition. The competition attracted over 2,000 entries, with some submissions from new British poets. The winning poet was Sue Kauth from Somerset, England. Her …

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