Tooting: 3 March 2017

No theme emerged this time, although several poems looked forward to Spring. The reader of the Larkin poem regretted having chosen it, and James Fenton struck home with some sharp barbs. But otherwise there was a certain lightness, even optimism. Delivery, and so rhythm and meter, continue to be important, and the Belloc was a tour de force delivered from memory.

Next meeting on Friday 5 May 2017

Gillian Sandham

Spring Is Like A Perhaps Hand by E. E. Cummings
Villanelle Of Spring Bells by Keith Douglas

Davis Harris

Cosmology by James Fenton

Geraldine Kelly

The Pettichap by John Clare 

Jeremy Weinstein

All Day it has Rained by Alun Lewis

Marion Shaw

The Roof Gardeners by Howard Moss

Gill Stockbridge

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by WB Yeats
On Leaving the Lake Isle of Innisfree by RV Bailey

Ralph Berman

As Kingfishers catch Fire, Dragonflies draw Flame by G M Hopkins

Jenny Weinstein

Vers de Societe by Philip Larkin

John White

Tarantella by Hillaire Belloc

Jane Smith

The Donkey by G K Chesterton

John Valentine

from Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

1 Response

  1. I wonder why the reader regretted the Larkin? I sloped off to look it up immediately. Made me smile – bit of a curmudgeonly response to an invite!

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