Echoes from Eternity 21. Gerard Manley Hopkins in Spring

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It's almost as if there's a contradiction in terms between the glories of the early English spring and this season of Covid19 horror and fear. UK stats are looking horrendous. And yet, and yet... The natural world is breathing deeply…

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Echoes from Eternity: 20. C. S. Lewis’ poems

Most don't associate Lewis with his poetry. My understanding is, however, he would have far preferred to be known as a poet than almost anything else he wrote (and which brought him countless loyal readers). These three have stood out…

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Echoes from Eternity 18. John Donne

John Donne as a young man (1595) - National Portrait Gallery, London John Donne's poetry is often difficult, sometimes perplexing and troubling, but always rewarding if closely attended to. He completely loses me quite often. But I keep returning to…

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Easter Greetings from around the world!

No vlog today instead there's THIS...! Χριστός άνεστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBw99xQUSqk If this video doesn't display, click here Was fun to be part of this great project from the Rabbit Room folks. 40 countries25 languagesI identified: English (American, Canadian and…

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Echoes from Eternity 14: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, photograph by Bridget Lacombe (Smithsonian, NPG) Today, the voice of an angel. Nope, I don't have delusions of celestial proportions. I'm referring to the great African-American writer, Maya Angelou (1928-2014) who died not so long ago. In fact,…

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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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