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‘MCMXIV’ by Philip Larkin

‘MCMXIV’

by Philip Larkin

“Those long uneven lines
Standing as patiently
As if they were stretched outside
The Oval or Villa Park,
The crowns of hats, the sun
On moustached archaic faces
Grinning as if it were all
An August Bank Holiday lark…”

You can read the complete poem here.

Join us for ‘Read, watch, play’ today between 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm.

The theme is #historyread.

Will you be reading about the past in a historical novel, watching a costume drama or playing a part in a historical re-enactment event?

 #rwpchat #historyread – Read Watch Play

What is Read Watch Play?

Surrey Libraries has become a partner in the online Read Watch Play reading group. Every month join us and other library services from around the world as we explore a different theme through reading, watching or playing. Spend the month discovering different books and films connected to the theme of the month. Meet us on Twitter so we can chat about where our journey has taken us this month. Link your tweets with the hashtag #rwpchat and the hashtag of the month. You’ll find that the themes are very broad and can encompass almost anything. Have a look at the themes coming up for the rest of the year. Also take a look at Surrey Libraries Read Watch Play Pinterest board and the International Read Watch Play Pinterest boards to see some suggestions. You can check our own catalogue and DVD page for inspiration too.
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Tomorrow is #historyread for Read Watch Play

30355110Join us for ‘Read, watch, play’ tomorrow between 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm.

The theme is #historyread.DSCF9120

Will you be reading about the past in a historical novel, watching a costume drama or playing a part in a historical re-enactment event?

Some examples for #historyread poetry:

Tell us your #historyread poem…

 #rwpchat #historyread – Read Watch Play

What is Read Watch Play?

Surrey Libraries has become a partner in the online Read Watch Play reading group. Every month join us and other library services from around the world as we explore a different theme through reading, watching or playing. Spend the month discovering different books and films connected to the theme of the month. Meet us on Twitter so we can chat about where our journey has taken us this month. Link your tweets with the hashtag #rwpchat and the hashtag of the month. You’ll find that the themes are very broad and can encompass almost anything. Have a look at the themes coming up for the rest of the year. Also take a look at Surrey Libraries Read Watch Play Pinterest board and the International Read Watch Play Pinterest boards to see some suggestions. You can check our own catalogue and DVD page for inspiration.

 

 

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‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein

‘The Giving Tree’

by Shel Silverstein2015-03-18 13.27.09

“Once there was a tree….
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest.
He would climb up her trunk
and swing from her branches
and eat apples.
And they would play hide-and-go-seek.
And when he was tired,
he would sleep in her shade.
And the boy loved the tree….
very much.
And the tree was happy.
But time went by.
And the boy grew older.
And the tree was often alone.
Then one day the boy came to the tree
and the tree said, ‘Come, Boy, come and
climb up my trunk and swing from my
branches and eat apples and play in my
shade and be happy.’
‘I am too big to climb and play’ said
the boy.
‘I want to buy things and have fun.
I want some money?’…”

You can read the complete poem here.

Shel Silverstein was born on this day in 1930, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Take a look at our Words in Focus page for your chance to appear in print and find out about our latest poetry events.

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‘The Pomegranate’ by Eavan Boland

‘The Pomegranate’

by Eavan BolandDSCF4821-001

“The only legend I have ever loved is
the story of a daughter lost in hell.
And found and rescued there.
Love and blackmail are the gist of it.
Ceres and Persephone the names.
And the best thing about the legend is
I can enter it anywhere. And have.
As a child in exile in
a city of fogs and strange consonants,
I read it first and at first I was
an exiled child in the crackling dusk of
the underworld, the stars blighted. Later
I walked out in a summer twilight…”

You can read the complete poem here.

Eavan Boland was born on this day in 1944, you can read more of her work through Surrey Libraries.

Take a look at our Words in Focus page for your chance to appear in print and find out about our latest poetry events.

 

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‘The Water Diviner’ by Dannie Abse

‘The Water Diviner’

by Dannie AbseDSCF9120

“Late, I have come to a parched land
doubting my gift, if gift I have,
the inspiration of water
spilt, swallowed in the sand.

To hear once more water trickle,
to stand in a stretch of silence
the divining pen twisting in the hand:
sign of depths alluvial…”

You can read the full poem here.

Dannie Abse was born on this day in 1923, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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‘A Martian Sends A Postcard Home’ by Craig Raine

‘A Martian Sends A Postcard Home’

by Craig Raine1c6e2e181ff6f9c429495a39a9139831

“Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings
and some are treasured for their markings –

they cause the eyes to melt
or the body to shriek without pain.

I have never seen one fly, but
sometimes they perch on the hand.

Mist is when the sky is tired of flight
and rests its soft machine on ground…”

You can read the complete poem here.

To mark what would have been H. G. Wells’ 150th birthday, it seemed only fitting to have a poem from a Martian’s perspective. Take a look at everything Surrey Libraries are doing to mark the occasion.

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‘Country Guy’ by Sir Walter Scott

‘Country Guy’

by Sir Walter Scott2015-03-18 13.27.09

“Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh,
The sun has left the lea,
The orange flower perfumes the bower,
The breeze is on the sea.
The lark his lay who thrill’d all day
Sits hush’d his partner nigh:
Breeze, bird, and flower confess the hour,
But where is County Guy?

The village maid steals through the shade,
Her shepherd’s suit to hear;
To beauty shy, by lattice high,
Sings high-born Cavalier.
The star of Love, all stars above
Now reigns o’er earth and sky;
And high and low the influence know–
But where is County Guy?”

Sir Walter Scott died on this day in 1832, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Take a look at our Words in Focus page for your chance to appear in print and find out about our latest poetry events.

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