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I am co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy, which provides advice for poets on writing, editing and publishing, as well as qualified counselling support for those exploring personal issues in their work - https://theleapingword.com. My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, is now available from Indigo Dreams or directly from me.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

30 Day Poetry Challenge - Days 1 to 3

Day 1: The poem you last read

'One Art' by Elizabeth Bishop

Day 2: The poem you most dislike                          

'If' by Rudyard Kipling

I like a lot of what Kipling wrote, but not 'If'. Every time I hear it, I stop breathing, waiting for the horror of that dreadful last line. I also hate the fact that it’s the poetic equivalent of ‘My Way’, as Dennis Hopper illustrates here. 

Day 3: A poem that comforts you

'The Darkling Thrush' by Thomas Hardy

Hardy understands depression.  (Pity about Neil from the Young Ones reading it like a ponce. And the picture of a 'thrush' which looks like one you might see in Dorset, Vermont, not south-west England.  

This poem was written on 31st December 1900 - the very start of the 20th century. When you think of what was to come, Hardy's pessimism seems entirely justified.   

1 comment:

  1. I love 'One Art' and Bishop's poems generally, though the background intrudes on the clear reading here. As for 'If', to borrow from Marianne Moore, "I, too, dislike it"--though Kipling's craft is not lacking. I remember gagging on that last line the first time I read it framed on a classmate's basement wall in grammar school days. And of course your reading of Hardy is so much more alive!