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‘The Waste Land’ by T. S. Eliot

‘The Waste Land’

by T. S. Eliot

“I. The Burial of the Dead

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
Bin gar keine Russin, stamm’ aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
And when we were children, staying at the arch-duke’s,
My cousin’s, he took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter…”

You can read the complete poem here.

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

The theme is #epicread.

Have you just finished reading the last book in an epic series by your favourite author and don’t know what to read next?  Consult Who Else Writes Like? to find another #epicread by someone who writes in a similar style for this month’s Read, Watch, Play.

 #rwpchat #epicread – 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 #epicread for Read Watch Play

 

b38d613cdc4d995ca615e3625cc9c09dJoin us for ‘Read, watch, play’ tomorrow between 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm.

The theme is #epicread.DSCF9120

Have you just finished reading the last book in an epic series by your favourite author and don’t know what to read next?  Consult Who Else Writes Like? to find another #epicread by someone who writes in a similar style for this month’s Read, Watch, Play.

Some examples for #epicread poetry:

Tell us your #epicread poem…

 #rwpchat #epicread – 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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‘Newark Abbey’ by Thomas Love Peacock

Newark Abbey

 

August, 1842, with a reminiscence of August 1807

 

“I gaze where August’s sunbeam falls

Along these gray and lonely walls,

Till in its light absorbed appears

The lapse of five-and-thirty years.

If change there be, I trace it not

In all this consecrated spot:

No new imprint of Ruin’s march

On roofless wall and frameless arch:

The woods, the hills the fields, the stream

Are basking in the selfsame beam:

The fall, that turns the unseen mill,

As then it murmured, murmurs still.

It seems as if in one were cast

The present and the imaged past;

Spanning, as with a bridge sublime,

That fearful lapse of human time;

That gulf, unfathomably spread

Between the living and the dead.

For all too well my spirit feels

The only change this scene reveals.

The sunbeams play, the breezes stir,

Unseen, unfelt, unheard by her,

Who, on that long-past August day,

Beheld with me these ruins gray.

Whatever span the fates allow,

Ere I shall be as she is now,

Still, in my bosom’s inmost cell,

Shall that deep-treasured memory dwell;

That, more than language can express,

Pure miracle of loveliness,

Whose voice so sweet, whose eyes so bright,

Were my soul’s music, and its light,

In those blest days when life was new

And hope was false, but love was true.”

 

Thomas Love Peacock 1785-1866

This is the latest Mid-Month poem from the Headley Poetry Group

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‘I Taught Myself To Live Simply’ by Anna Akhmatova

‘I Taught Myself To Live Simply’

by Anna Akhmatova

“I taught myself to live simply and wisely,
to look at the sky and pray to God,
and to wander long before evening
to tire my superfluous worries…”

You can read the full poem here. Anna Akhmatova was born on this day in 1888, you can read more of her work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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‘Some One’ by Walter de la Mare

‘Some One’

by Walter de la Mare

“Some one came knocking
At my wee, small door;
Someone came knocking;
I’m sure-sure-sure…”

You can read the full poem here. Walter de la Mare died on this day in 1956, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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‘Bridge Builder’ by John Agard

‘Bridge Builder’

by John AgardDSCF9120

“Bridge-builder I am
between the holy and the damned
between the bitter and the sweet
between the chaff and the wheat

Bridge-builder I am
between the goat and the lamb
between the sermon and the sin
between the princess and Rumpelstiltskin…”

You can read the complete poem here. John Agard was born on this day in 1949, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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‘Hedgehog’ by Paul Muldoon

‘Hedgehog’

by Paul Muldoon

“The snail moves like a
Hovercraft, held up by a
Rubber cushion of itself,
Sharing its secret…”

You can read the full poem here. Paul Muldoon was born on this day in 1951, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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