Tag Archives: Poetry

‘Face or figure?’ – On needing to lose a little weight in middle-age…

Oh dear. I have been told I should lose a stone in weight. That is something else in kilograms but it won’t sound any better. It should probably be more like two  - I have lymphoedema in my legs and … Continue reading

Posted in Random musings on family life, love the universe and everything | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Keats Brothers – The Life of John & George by Denise Gigante

In 1818, the newly-wed George and Georgiana Keats left London and their families to travel 4000 miles across the Atlantic to follow the American Dream. Swept up in the Romantic enthusiasm for founding a Utopian settlement in the west of America they … Continue reading

Posted in Keats, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fighting the fear of failure; or ‘stop titting about…….’

I have been a little quiet on this blog of late. I think a combination of life ‘stuff’ has meant my concentration levels are low, inspiration hard to find and that dreaded monster self-doubt whispers in my ear ‘you have … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry, Random musings on family life, love the universe and everything, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

September 1818: So begins the miracle of Keats’ ‘Living Year’.

In the late 1970s, in my mid-teens and already enjoying the poetry of John Keats (albeit without really understanding all of it) I read a book by one of the great twentieth century writers on Keats and his work – Robert Gittings. … Continue reading

Posted in History, Keats, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘When I have fears…’ – John Keats on self-doubt

At this time of year – that rather doleful time between the Christmas festivities and the beginning of a new year – it is natural to look back at our achievements over the past twelve months and assess the success … Continue reading

Posted in Keats, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

In which I avoid a difficult subject with a poem about snow

I have mentioned before that I attend a Royal Literary Fund ‘Reading Matters’ group every week. It is a wonderful idea; led by fabulous poet Julia Copus we listen to her read a short story and a poem each week, … Continue reading

Posted in Breast cancer, Poetry, Random musings on family life, love the universe and everything, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Parenting is such sweet sorrow…’

I am feeling drained at the moment. Sleeping badly; feeling physically creaky; eating all the wrong food again after five weeks on a healthy eating blitz: it is no wonder that my emotional reserves are in the human equivalent of … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry, Random musings on family life, love the universe and everything | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Advice to writers? John Keats on dealing with distractions

There are very few writers who do not, on occasion, have an attack of ‘the vapours’ – defined by the Oxford Dictionary as ‘ a sudden feeling of faintness, nervousness or a state of depression’. It is a  general feeling … Continue reading

Posted in Keats, Poetry | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Forever autumn – fruitfulness, falling leaves and a poem by Philip Larkin

I love autumn, even in these earliest days of the season. It is not just now, as I (reluctantly) accept that I am middle-aged. I have always loved the colours, smells and celebrations in the months up to Christmas. The … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Keats, Poetry, Random musings on family life, love the universe and everything | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

On my way to Ambleside: Stock Ghyll Force with John Keats

On the eve of my week long holiday in the Lake District, I thought I would post this excerpt from a journal letter John Keats wrote to his brother Tom, back in London, in the early stages of his walking … Continue reading

Posted in Keats, Poetry, Travel, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments