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‘You are old, Father William’ by Lewis Carroll

‘You are old, Father William’ by Lewis Carroll “You are old, Father William,” the young man said, “And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head– Do you think, at your age, it is right? … Continue reading

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‘A red, red rose’ by Robert Burns

‘A red, red rose’ by Robert Burns O my Luve’s like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in June; O my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly played in tune. As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in … Continue reading

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‘The raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe

‘The raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one … Continue reading

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‘Funeral blues’ or ‘Stop all the clocks’ by W.H.Auden

‘Funeral blues’ or ‘Stop all the clocks’ by W.H.Auden Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. … Continue reading

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‘My last Duchess’ by Robert Browning

Born on this day 1812 ‘My last Duchess’ by Robert Browning That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. I call That piece a wonder, now; Fra Pandolf’s hands Worked busily a day, and there she … Continue reading

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‘A Girl in a Library’ by Randell Jarrell

Born on this day 1914 ‘A Girl in a Library’ by Randell Jarrell An object among dreams, you sit here with your shoes off. And curl your legs up under you; your eyes Close for a moment, your face moves towards … Continue reading

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‘May’ by Amanda Newman

‘May’ by Amanda Newman (from May is heralded by fragrant bells layering the forests, woods and dells. Sweet purple, white and breathtaking blue suspend in the glow of sunlit dew… Read the full poem here. –

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