Category Archives: Poetry

T. L. Peacock’s Views on Burns – January 1924

In a passage in T.L. Peacock’s Gryll Grange he exalts Robert Burns as the “faithful interpreter of nature.” No poet, he says is “truer to nature than Burns” and no one less so than Moore. Again, “Shakespeare never makes a … Continue reading

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Giving that Makes Happiness – January 1920

It is a pretty custom  — the exchanging of gifts at Christmas — if we could afford to do it in a simple way without too anxious counting of the cost. It is especially good for the children to be … Continue reading

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Grandmothers’s Story – December 1895

We children were playing round grandmother’s chair, And grannie joined in with so cheerful an air, We forgot that she wasn’t just one of ourselves And wild ran round her like frolicsome elves. At last she besought us to pause … Continue reading

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An Unutterable Coarse Poet – May 1900

A correspondent writes to tell me that I am wrong in supposing that Kipling is not a favourite with women readers. She knows of a girl who reads little, but who devours every word of his, and more to that … Continue reading

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Sweet and Low – February 1918

Not a new version, I should have said, but a new application. When I heard the munitions girls last week in St Andrews Halls singing Tennyson’s lullaby I thought I had never realised so fully before the pathos underlying the … Continue reading

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Poet of Domestic Affection – January 1901

Longfellow is, par excellence, the poet to learn off by heart. He has so many pieces temptingly short, perfect in form, that go singing through the brain as one reads them, that you will not be able to forget them … Continue reading

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Beware the Smooth Man – January 1901

An unknown reader is afraid that I be uplifted by the anonymous admiration of one man and sends me the following warning : Youth unadmonished by a guide Will trust to any fair outside An error soon corrected For who … Continue reading

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Committing Poetry to Memory – December 1900

Lorna in the British Weekly suggests the committing of poetry to the memory as a good recreation for winter evenings but I doubt whether grown up people who have not acquired the facility in their youth will find it possible … Continue reading

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The New Gig Pownie – December 1898

(I would be interested to hear if anyone knows more about this poem and the author) Oor John’s had mony a pownie, Since first he merrit me; He’s had them wadna trot a step, He’s had them that could flee. … Continue reading

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Crooning Over Burns – December 1900

It may seem odd to be suggesting to a circle of Scotch farming folks that they should familiarise their minds with the poems of Burns but the suggestion is not out of place to the younger generation who are mostly … Continue reading

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