Thursday, 22 December 2011

Reading Poetry

It's a forgotten pleasure in our rushed days, to leaf through a slim volume of verse, perhaps while sitting in a train or when resting by a tree in the city park.

Everyone should keep a book of poetry about their person.

Even to read four lines of Keats while waiting for a friend will enrich your day.

Here is Keats, for example, on the pleasures of red wine:

O for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Cool'd a long ago in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country-green,
Dance, and Provencal song, and sunburnt mirth!

What a phrasemaker he was!

Words well chosen can fill your heart with joy.

So reject the empty clatter of the penny dreadfuls and keep a book of poetry on your person at all times.

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."
~~ Robert Frost

I was out bushwalking in Cromer, Sydney in April 2010 and came across this heart carved out in a made me smile.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my very special blogging buddies a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hol­i­days, and Happy Hanukkah! May all of your aspirations be realized. And please take care and stay safe.

Warmest heart hugs
Peggy xxx


Marit said...

Happy, happy holidays to you too dear! And yes, I am a poetry reader. I grew up with it, since my mom is a poet - and I do love to curl on the couch with one of the poem-books (I have two shelfs filled!) It enriched my life...

Christine said...

Happy Holidays Peggy and beautiful quotes, thanks for sharing!

McMGrad89 said...

Can't wait until we can enjoy a draught of vintage together.

Cameron said...

A magical Holiday to you, too, Peg!

May it be filled with all your favorite things :)

miruspeg said...

Marit - Poetry certainly enriches our lives. You are blessed coming from such a talented I know it is in your genes! :-)

Christine - It is a pleasure my special friend! :-)

Annemarie - Yes a draught of vintage certainly sounds appealing! :-)

Cameron - Favourite things and magical holiday, sounds like my kind of Christmas! :-)

Mike Smith said...

Merry Christmas, Peggy - what a wonderful photo on the front page of your blog! Awrabest my dear friend.

miruspeg said...

Happy Christmas to you too Mike!
I love that header photo too, it was taken in 2007 when Joseph was 1 and Charlie was 3.
They are still beautiful souls!!

Anonymous said...

Here's to a splendid 2012! x

miruspeg said...

Yes Stoneweaver, a splendid 2012 (what a great word). Lets make it happen!
Take care and stay safe dear friend. :-)

Roban said...

It's much more difficult they say to write poetry than prose. Being able to convey thoughts and images in few words takes great writing, and I do love a good poem.

miruspeg said...

I appreciate the talents of poets too Roban.
This quote sums up how I feel about poetry.
"Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls".
My three favourite subjects..poetry, music and quotes!