Echoes from Eternity 13. Christopher Smart’s Cat Jeoffry

William Hogarth, The Rake's Progress: The Asylum (1732) Christopher Smart (The Pembroke Portrait) I know little about Christopher Smart (1722-1771), apart from the fact that the suffered the torments, like his almost contemporary William Cowper, of an eighteenth-century asylum. But…

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Echoes from Eternity 11. A Bygone pre-War England

The sun came out yesterday, the sky filled with cotton wool clouds, and birds chirped merrily. An idyllic English afternoon in early Spring, in fact. Edward Thomas (1878-1917) in 1905 Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) in April 1913 - colourized by jecinci…

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Q Marks the Spot 138 (April 2020)

well, well, well... the world is a VERY different place since I started compiling this month's map. SOOOO strange. Covid19 Treasure Worldometer: this is one of a number of reliable places to keep up-to-date stats on the spread of the…

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Echoes from Eternity 8. Steve Turner

Apologies for being lax yesterday. Normal transmission can now be resumed. I'm hoping to be daily but it's funny how busy things are even during this extended home assignment! Today I'm going to read some poems from someone who is…

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Echoes from Eternity 6. William Cowper

William Cowper by Lemuel Francis Abbott (1792) Q regulars will know that William Cowper has been a personal favourite for years. He had to navigate the storms of mental illness throughout his adult life, without any of the understanding, support…

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Echoes from Eternity 4. W. H. Auden

W H Auden had in later life the most wonderfully craggy face in English literature. But this poem comes from many years earlier and is rather less heart-warming than the others we've had. But then, because we can't always be…

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Echoes from Eternity 3. Alan Paton

Alan Paton (1903-1988) was a South African who spent decades fighting against the apartheid system. He was a founding member of the Liberal Party of South Africa and worked in it until it was banned by the government. He is…

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