Category Archives: bbc series

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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Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”

Every Christmas I put in a cassette tape ( the bookstore did not carry the CD-version at the time ) and listen to Dylan Thomas, in his ever-so theatrical, booming voice, reading his charming account of his childhood memories of Christmas … Continue reading

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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey’s “Brittle Beauty”

In this week’s “Poem of the Week” by Carol Rumen in the Guardian Poetry Section, she showcases Henry Howard’s sonnet, “Brittle Beauty” ( Read the sonnet and Guardian article here ). I enjoyed watching the BBC television series, “The Tudors”.  In season … Continue reading

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Sonnet X: “The Portrait”

Did this woodblock cut of the pre-Raphaelite artist and poet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti to illustrate his sonnet, ‘The  Portrait’ which I had posted before when the topic was the BBC’s six-part TV series, Desperate Romantics based on  Franny Moyle’s book of … Continue reading

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Desperate Romantics

Watched on DVD the six-part, BBC TV series, Desperate Romantics based on the book with the same title by Franny Moyle (also read the book). I only found out about the Pre-Raphaelites last year when I read a Guardian book … Continue reading

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