The Poetry group is to begin meeting on Zoom. Contact Barry Seeley email@example.com for more information.
The Poetry group normally meet on the 3rd Friday of each month in Eastwood Library between 12.30-1.30 pm.
There are about fifteen members in our friendly group and we decide amongst ourselves the theme for our next meeting. Each member chooses a couple of poems on the theme and we take it in turns to read our choices. These can range from well-known works by famous poets to verses written by amateurs, and even some by one of our members. However, it must be stressed that the aim of the group is to read and enjoy poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to come along and share the pleasure of listening to poems and taking part in the lively discussions that can follow. Members pay £1 each meeting towards the cost of the room.
You can be assured of a warm welcome so why not come and join us?
Our next meeting is on March 20th when we will explore two more Nobel Prize-winners -W B Yeats and Rabindranath Tagore. We will also read poems that remind us of a time, place or person.
The topic for our meeting on April 17th is anything associated with Spring and Easter.
On May 15th we will look at another Nobel Prize-winner – George Bernard Shaw, and our topic is poems that start with a question.
Previous meeting reports
February 2020: For the first time we met on the library balcony, where 2 tables had been reserved for us. There were seven members present and the topic this month, as our meeting was close to Valentine’s Day, was “Hope, Happiness and Love”. We touched on a range of emotions whilst reading 22 poems, co-incidentally starting and ending with Elizabeth Barrett Browning, one of our greatest love poets.
We read: Little Cares that Fretted Me by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I Remember, I Remember by Thomas Hood, Life is Fine by Langston Hughes, She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron, Birthday by Christina Rossetti, I Never Knew / Fall for Charms /Love Time / Idle Dreams by Joanna Fuchs, Insomnia has had a Bad Press by Char March, Its Odd – Anon, Home Thoughts from Abroad by Robert Browning, My Hearts in the Highlands by Robert Burns, Hope by Emily Bronte, You Make Me – Anon, To Celia by Ben Jonson, It’s all in a State of Mind by Walter D Wintle, Life Worth Living by Christina Rossetti and How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
New members are welcome to join us.
January 2020: There were seven members present and we started to explore poets who have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The first poet we looked at was Rudyard Kipling.
Kipling was born in Lahore in 1865. He became a Nobel prize-winner in 1907 and died in 1936. A detailed article about his life can be found on the Poetry Foundation website http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/rudyard-kipling
After discussing Kipling’s life, we read the following poems : My Boy Jack, Common Form, The Road Through the Woods, If, Four feet, The Power of the Dog, The Glory of the Garden and There is Pleasure in the Wet, Wet Clay.