Monthly Archives: February 2014

“The Visions and the Songs”

THE VISIONS AND THE SONGS By Poetic Meditations In his thirtieth year, the calling came divine, Leaving all, a towering mountain he did climb, HIgh above the lofty tree tops and the clouds, Far from the petty masses and rabble … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

To all you hopeless romantics and broken-hearted, a lovely song by John Legend with Lindsey Stirling accompanying on the violin. A contemporary salut d’amour or pistola – an Occitan lyric poem of the troubadours written as a letter from one … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Poetry Mali-Style

With around 70% of the population of Bamako (capital of Mali) illiterate, ten scribes work on benches outside the main post office writing letters, filling out forms and addressing envelopes. But in the days leading up to Valentine’s, for about … Continue reading

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The Making of the Poets: Byron and Shelley in Their Time

Just finished reading an interesting comparative biography about the young lives of Byron and Shelley by Ian Gilmour, a Conservative MP, who wrote about economics and politics. A portrait of the young artists as young men, it covers the young … Continue reading

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