Poems

To Helen

The poem today is ‘To Helen’. If you can, google Pierre de Ronsard and Yeats. Their relevant poems are known by their first lines. Ronsard’s begins ‘Quand vous serez bien vieille…’ Yeats’s is ‘When you are old and grey and full of sleep’.

bistro, wine, romantic

The Step

‘The Step’ is a short poem describing a situation where a decision is taken in a moment.

Janus, 31 December 2020

Janus was the Roman god of doors and gateways, beginnings and endings. He had two heads. One looked to the past and the other to the future. Hence the first month of the year is called January.

Mr and Mrs Andrews Painting

Mr and Mrs Andrews

Gainsborough painted this portrait around 1750. It was still in the Andrews family until 1960 and was relatively unknown until then.

The Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, fled from Franco’s forces in January, 1939, and found refuge just over the border in Collioure in France.

When worry and trouble come unasked, just go your way. They’ll tire and leave you for a day.

Ithaca

The poem this week is ‘Ithaca’. Sometimes the journey itself is what matters. So ‘Carpe Diem’!

The Day of the Dance

The poem this week is a celebration. The whole town changes on this one day of the year.

The Thames at Reading

The poem this week is about how occasionally in life, there are times when you just have to start again.