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by David
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 492
Views: 178303

Re: Who's reading what?

k-j wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:33 pm
Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend are by far my two favourites; together with Pickwick they're the only ones I liked at all.
They sound like my top 3 too. Although I also remember enjoying Nicholas Nickleby. And, I think, Martin Chuzzlewit.
by David
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 492
Views: 178303

Re: Who's reading what?

I love Ulysses , but I could just could not get on with the Wake . On the Road I read years ago, round about the time I was reading Catch-22 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . (It was a teenage thing.) Should I - can I - go back to it? And I love Dickens, but I haven't tackled one for a while. (I...
by David
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: A poem that I read today by Mac
Replies: 67
Views: 9415

Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Hypnotic, isn't it, Jules? And I thank you for the favour returned. I must look him up. I'm even a bit vague on his dates.

Cheers

David
by David
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Cycling Sportive for the armchair competitor
Replies: 12
Views: 1150

Re: Cycling Sportive for the armchair ninja

ray miller wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Greetings, Luke. I don't think referring to Donatello and Michaelangelo does anything to help the poem, unless I'm missing something obvious.
Yes. I'm trying to detect a clever Renaissance poem here, but failing. And bikes I don't really know.

Cheers

David
by David
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Nought For Too Many
Replies: 6
Views: 712

Re: Nought For Too Many

Reading the title I was definitely expecting a political allegory of some sort. Actually, I'm not sure it isn't one - perhaps Boris-related - but I could be wrong. Even if it's only about cricket, it is - as Luke says - a good one. We definitely seem to be in Roy Harper country here. But I still don...
by David
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Guest Editing September’s Snakeskin
Replies: 20
Views: 3369

Re: Guest Editing September’s Snakeskin

Just never got round to it, Tristan. Too much Summer, too much sun. Hope it's a great success anyway.

Cheers

David
by David
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Lighthouse
Replies: 8
Views: 1123

Re: Lighthouse

Actually, I see now that I didn't notice this poem when it first landed (sorry!) here. It's very good. I only wonder why you chose Aldrin rather than the better known - and slightly more pioneering - Armstrong. Geoff said It has a kind of "morning has broken,like the first morning" vibe - exactly. I...
by David
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Ezines, Magazines and Publications
Topic: Lighthouse
Replies: 8
Views: 1123

Re: Lighthouse

Well done, Luke! Lighthouse is a good thing to be in.

I've moved it into Finishing touch, just to be safe - here: http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=24040&hilit=rover - in case anyone wants to read it now.

Cheers

David
by David
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Robert Dudley - The Knot Garden (revision4)
Replies: 31
Views: 2639

Re: The Knot Garden (revision2)

Maybe I don't know enough of the historical fact - although I thought I did (so that's been sobering) - but I'm not getting much of a true Elizabethan buzz from this, Mac. It didn't (apart from the title, I admit) seem grounded in any particular time at all. It all just seems too abstract and bloodl...
by David
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: A poem that I read today by Mac
Replies: 67
Views: 9415

Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

I've introduced spaces where the original only has indents - just to break it up a bit (and at the points that King intended).
by David
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: A poem that I read today by Mac
Replies: 67
Views: 9415

Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Yes, very good. I think I've only come across one King poem before, but it is a goodun ... HENRY KING, BISHOP OF CHICHESTER Exequy on his Wife ACCEPT, thou shrine of my dead saint, Instead of dirges this complaint; And for sweet flowers to crown thy herse Receive a strew of weeping verse From thy gr...
by David
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Theseus in Old Age
Replies: 11
Views: 1259

Re: Theseus in Old Age

Interesting link. Is this autobiographical, in some way? Or is that stupid question which I really don't need to ask? Certainly Theseus seems an interesting hybrid of a mythical hero and an ordinary older man. I like it anyway. Although, I can't deny it ... it is quite long. Anyway ... I like the pu...
by David
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Blandings in Ayrshire
Replies: 13
Views: 1217

Re: Blandings in Ayrshire

Thanks Elph. Think I'll leave the ending, for better or worse, but I don't want to accentuate it.

I do love PGW.

Cheers

David
by David
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Blandings in Ayrshire
Replies: 13
Views: 1217

Re: Blandings in Ayrshire

Tristan, yes, it is 14 lines. Maybe I’m losing my ability to count (which wouldn’t surprise me), but I think it’s 16 lines. D'oh! I meant to count them, before posting my reply, but forgot. Macavity wrote: ↑Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:42 am The last three lines are actually - and melodramatically and preten...
by David
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: A Bit of Fun(ambulism) (revision 2)
Replies: 18
Views: 1518

Re: Funambulists (A Bit of Fun)

Sciurine - that's one I didn't know JJ. Me neither. Or, to be honest, funambulists. Good word. Great fun! I didn't particularly notice the political commentary, if any. Was there? Maybe I just read it too lazily. (I just read it again. Still didn't see it, although I can see - I think - where it mi...
by David
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Blandings in Ayrshire
Replies: 13
Views: 1217

Re: Blandings in Ayrshire

Glad you liked it, Perry. Well spotted, JJ - although it was a B&B, not a hotel. (The posh would say an hotel.) We dined out. It was rather charming, though, but sparked this riff on Wodehouse through no real fault of its own. We actually liked the place, but the sense of Wodehouse was irresistible....
by David
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Blandings in Ayrshire
Replies: 13
Views: 1217

Blandings in Ayrshire

There must have been a Brigadoonish turn somewhere along the road, one that we took without noticing, so turning up here at last to find ourselves the only guests, we seem to have entered into a Plummy Wonderland. And later, taking tea in the drawing room, where Tatlers and Shooting Times evoke the ...
by David
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: On looking, again, into Kelly's Dictionary of Manks (1805)
Replies: 12
Views: 1069

Re: On looking, again, into Kelly's Dictionary of Manks (1805)

Thanks Geoff. Very helpful on all counts.

Don't remind me of those old Celtic festivals! Dear oh dear oh dear.

Chears

David
by David
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: An Abundance of Courgette, But No Apple Tree (revision4)
Replies: 24
Views: 1665

Re: An Abundance of Courgette (revision3)

Brilliant, Mac. I don't remember seeing that before. Or, subliminally, do I?
by David
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Madonna in the Mosque
Replies: 12
Views: 1169

Re: Madonna in the Mosque

Yes, very good. (Sorry. Time is short tonight. Brevity!)

David

P.S. I've read this before, haven't I?
by David
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: An Abundance of Courgette, But No Apple Tree (revision4)
Replies: 24
Views: 1665

Re: An Abundance of Courgette (revision2)

I'm still reeling at this one, Mac. I don't know whether Ken Russell ever directed an episode of Gardeners' World, but if he did ... the result might be very like this, I think.

Cheers

David
by David
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: On looking, again, into Kelly's Dictionary of Manks (1805)
Replies: 12
Views: 1069

Re: On looking, again, into Kelly's Dictionary of Manks (1805)

I'm still getting to grips with the format and meaning- especially the middle section but what popped out immediately was 'period'- would 'spell' or 'long spell' not be a better fit? A very good thought, James. I think it would. Or maybe "season"? How many lexicons have vanished with these places a...
by David
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: On looking, again, into Kelly's Dictionary of Manks (1805)
Replies: 12
Views: 1069

On looking, again, into Kelly's Dictionary of Manks (1805)

I comb this unsubstantial book of words - the few that have been rescued from the fire - in search of rarities, for beasts and birds and common terms of farmhouse, barn and byre, with little luck. How many lexicons have vanished with these places and their stones. A few peep out ... "a field with ma...
by David
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Impressions of a Friend (revision 2)
Replies: 17
Views: 1601

Re: Impressions of a Friend

It is, as Mac says, quite a startling opening image, which threw me, briefly - I thought we were back in the Ring O'Bells on an evening of hilarity, at first - but it's certainly an effective one. And so is the jump to S2. I think you could do more with the Monet image. Another couple of lines, riff...
by David
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: When Happy He Would Drool (v1b)
Replies: 31
Views: 2492

Re: When Happy He Would Drool (v2)

NotQuiteSure wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:30 pm
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James, I'll forgo David's comma, at least for now, as there's a(n attempt at a) joke there which it undercuts.

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There is? I'm not doubting it, but it's going over my head at the moment. I like the modestly placed brackets in your comment, though.