Sunday, 27 January 2013

Winter Poems

I have to start with a poem about snow as our delight in the snow has been unbounded!



Snow in the Suburbs

Every branch big with it,
Bent every twig with it;


Every fork like a white web foot;
Every street and pavement mute:



Some flakes have lost their way, and grope back upward, when
meeting those meandering down they turn and descend again.


The palings are glued together like a wall,
And there is no waft of wind with the fleecy fall





A Spellbound Palace

On this kindly yellow day of mild
low travelling winter sun


The stirless depth of the yews
Are vague with misty blues




Across the spacious pathways stretching
spires of shadow run,



And the wind gnawed walls of ancient
brick are fired vermilion



Provence
I remember a red wall with pigeons perching,
where a breeze lifts from the valley below
through bare trees hung with mistletoe.
For a while I'm at peace and stop my searching
for happiness, that now comes only gently
almost wistfully
and taunts me of the times it was a rich and unsought flow




London Snow

Then boys I heard, as they went to school, calling
They gathered up the crystal manna to freeze
Their tongues with tasting, their hands with snowballing



Or rioted in a drift, plunging up to their knees;
Or peering up from under the white-mossed wonder.
'O look at the trees' they cried, 'O look at the trees!'



The winter seems complete now we have had a taste of the beauty that snow and ice brings. I can never decide whether I love most the surprising colours found in the countryside on the mild days, or the sheer joy of the snow. I also love the quiet of winter when the memories of the past feel close.
As a last note, my favourite sight has been the snow lady copy of  Elizabeth Frink's 'Walking Madonna' in the Cathedral close!



The poems chosen are from the works of Thomas Hardy, Robert Bridges and J.A.

23 comments:

  1. Lovely poems by the poets and photos. That last one brings a smile, a snow copy of a sculpture.

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    1. I was so pleased to capture the snow Madonna, as she fell over minutes later! Jane xx

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  2. Firstly, Jane your header is beautiful with a rainbow-covered countryside picture.
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading these poems, and the photos go perfectly hand-in-hand.
    Thank you for the words and inspiration.

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    1. The photograph for the header was taken by my daughter Emily and I love it. I'm glad you enjoyed my poems and pictures, it gives me great pleasure putting them together. Jane xx

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  3. I love Thomas Hardys poems and have been quoting those lines this week to my boys but the snow on the Sussex coast has been minimal much to their disappointment. Really enjoyed reading these and looking at those beautiful photo's. Karen x

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    1. IHello Karen, When I studied Hardy, I did so as a poet rather than a novelist- I love his poetry. I dod hope you get one batch of really good snow, for your boys!Jane xx

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  4. Hello Jane

    The images and poem just beautiful and very fitting
    To a great week

    Helenx

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    1. Hello Helen, I'm so glad you liked my choice of poems and pictures. Have a happy week too- Jane xx

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  5. Comforting and beautiful poetry, Jane. And your photos are wonderful. Diane

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    1. I agree with you that poetry can be so comforting- I'm glad you liked this post- Jane xx

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  6. Hello Jane:
    What a very delightful and uplifting post. Once again we have had overnight snow and so these poems seem particularly appropriate this cold and bleak Budapest morning.

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance, I love finding poems to suit my mood and the added challenge of searching my photographs for an appropriate picture makes it all the more enjoyable for me- I'm glad you shared my enjoyment! Jane xx

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  7. It looks so nice! Friends sent pictures of their snowman. They enjoyed it a lot, even if a bit cold for Britain.

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  8. Hello Kristin- I did so enjoy the snow.I took Friday off and spent most of the day walking around Salsibury- everybody was in such a happy mood- despite the cold! Jane xx

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  9. What a beautiful post, words and photos blending perfectly. My favourite blogged snowman too! We once had Salisbury connections through my father's family who had a business in Silver Street I think.

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  10. I love the fact that everybody is connected and I very glad you like the snowman! Jane xx

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  11. Thank you, Jane, for filling my afternoon with sweet poetry. I love poetry and love writing, myself. Poetry is the purest art form, as it creates images, colours, feelings, just by combining words, sometimes rhymes, and rhythm. Poetry "paints" very beautiful landscapes which can only be seen and explored by those who know how to "travel" using mind and senses.
    So... thank you for the wonderful journey, Jane!
    The imges are very poetic, too...

    HUGS...

    ANNA

    xxx

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    1. Thank you my dear. I do find poetry a constant delight and nothing equals that feeling of reading a perfct line that seems to sum up an emotion, place or moment. I do love writing poetry too but it is such a hard battle! Jane xx

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  12. PS: Last week I saw a little snippet of your Come Dine With Me experience, on TV. Did you? It was shown on the British TV Awards, as the show was nominated for an award. The other girl in the group was in the audience, looking very pretty and elegant. Did you see it?

    CIAO

    ANNA
    xx

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    1. Yes I did and I have to admit was rather grumpy about it. Natasha and Chris were invited to the awards ( car, hotel,party the whole red carpet experience) but Sophie, Anthony and I weren't! They didn't even bother to let us know our clip was being shown. We did have a nice evening and supper altogether at my house but it would have been SUCH fun to go to the awards...Jane xxx

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    2. It was really bad of them, Jane! I did wonder why they only invited them. Oh, well... it could have been worse: if CDWM had won, they would have even been on that stage!

      When they saw you, my son and daughter said:" It's your friend, Mum!" You see, you ARE famous!

      CIAO!

      ANNA
      xxx

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  13. Poetry and snow....what more could I ask for? Thanks for lovely words and photographs. Bonnie

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  14. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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