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 stone.....it 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

11 comments:

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 family....now 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!!

Stoneweaver 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!