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Poetry Week – The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

World Poetry Day takes place on 21st March. I’m posting five of my favourite poems this week – what are your favourites? Did anyone else read The Highwayman at school? Did anyone else develop a little bit of a crush/obsession with the Highwayman after that? Oh come on, it can’t just me me… The Highwayman was the most ‘shocking’ thing my class was exposed to at school. Until we started sex education that is (*shudder*). I swear I was only six or seven when we read the tragic tale of the highwayman and boy was it awesome. Murder, suicide, boobs, ghosts…I don’t actually know why we studied it but I’m bloody glad we did. I adored it; I wanted to fall in love with a highwayman after reading this poem, though hopefully not with the same outcome. I do remember trying to find more stories about highwaymen and calling the moon a ‘ghostly galleon’ for a good while. Though I may have the nostalgia goggles on, I do think this is a fab poem – …

Poetry Week – Warming Her Pearls by Carol Ann Duffy

World Poetry Day takes place on 21st March. I’m posting five of my favourite poems this week – what are your favourites? I’m not a sucker for history, but there are three (and only three) time periods which continue to seriously fascinate me: Ancient Egypt, Victorian England and World War II. Warming her Pearls (probably) takes place in Victorian or Edwardian England and focuses on the relationship between a lady and a maid. This is such a huge fascination of mine – and any one who is a lover of Downton Abbey probably feels the same; the relationships between Lords and Ladies and their servants is so intricate and interesting I just want to devour as many books as I can on the subject. I think what struck me most about Duffy’s poem is how alive the characters of the mistress and the servant are. It’s a six verse poem and I’ve read 500-page novels without as much characterisation as I see here. I can feel the servant’s frustration at her life, her status, her …

Poetry Week – Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

World Poetry DayWorld Poetry Day takes place on 21st March. I’m posting five of my favourite poems this week – what are your favourites? Though I’m not exactly an Alice in Wonderland superfan, Lewis Carroll is probably my favourite poet because I am a huge fan of nonsense poetry. Give me some Boosh, give me some DaDa, I will be all over it. Jabberwocky was the first nonsense poem I read and analyzed at school. To this day I still sing the opening verse the way the Cheshire Cat does in the Disney film. Though Lewis Carroll’s made up words “supposedly” have actual meanings based on arcane English words that may or may not ressemble Carroll’s, I always found it more fun to sit with a group of friends and interpret the words in our own ways then share results. We’d each draw what we thought a ‘borogrove’ or a ‘mome rath’ was, and I think I always ended up with mole-like, burrowing creatures. And before you ask, there was no point in drawing what …