Wednesday, 15 July 2009

6 days to go:Poetic Pink




I couldn't post about my last week without wearing a little pink.
My current crush on red will fade but my long lasting love affair with pink will prevail.
There is quite a lot of alliteration there.
Purely accidental.
Or was it?
Today I will be leading a poetry session at the prison.
I have found my old "A Puffin Book of Verse" which was presented by our local vicar for my attendance at Sunday School in 1973.
That book imbued my seven-year-old self with another long lasting love affair - poetry.
And I have found the poem I loved the best.
One I recently recited from memory to the prisoners.
It was "Matilda" by Hilaire Belloc.
It's a poem about a little girl who tells lies and ends up being ignored when she needs help the most.
If you don't know it I urge you to look it up.
The rhyme and rhythms and gory story of the poem are perfect for children.
We will be looking at list poems today which will give me a chance to read out another favourite poet - Adrian Henri.
Long before I arrived in my adopted home of Liverpool I was obsessed with the city.
Not because of The Beatles but because of a poetry book called "The Mersey Sound" which features the work of Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten.
In fact at university where I studied English I asked my tutor if I could do my dissertation on The Mersey poets.
He said the body of work was not sufficient and I ended up writing some dull paper on "Demonology And Witchcraft In English Renaissance Drama."
Henri, like Walt Whitman, possesses a great skill in handling the list poem and we will be looking at "Love Is" and "I Want To Paint" today.
You can see both poems here.
I love my pink cardigan - I think I need more. Take a look at these long cardigans - perfect for autumn.

I wore....
Shoes - Clarks
Jeans and Shirt - Gap
Cardigan - French Connection
Necklace - Drome, Liverpool

41 comments:

Spiragirl said...

Love 'Matilda' but 'Jim' is the one me and my sisters can all recite from memory lol

Stephanie N. said...

Sometimes you make me want to go back to college and re-live my years as an English Lit major. My favorite is Whitman's "Song of Myself." A boy I had a crush on in high school was often seen carrying around a tattered copy, and in my mind, I've never been able to separate Whitman from that handsome young man.

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I will have to check out the poetry links as I'm a big fan of poetry. The topic of your dissertation sounds interesting to me too tho.

BTW - you do wear pink so well.

Darla

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Hi there-a lovely, casual chic outfit my dear, the pop of pink is just right!

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what a classic outfit, that shirt is soooooo white, have you had the vanish out? Pink suits you very well, but I can't say that I've seen you in any colour that doesn't suit really.

I'm checking out the poetry links...

Stacy said...

I'm with you on the love affair with pink!

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I'm more than a little confused here... this is a challenge?

I've had the same clothes for 3years, and didn't buy anything new for at least 1-2yrs. I only recently decided I should update. right now I have 2 pairs of jeans (one is new, the other is 7yrs old), and maybe 13 shirts. also 4 dresses and a skirt. I've had most of these things for a VERY long time.

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Stephanie - I love that story. I think I would have fallen in love with any boy carrying a bok og poetry.
Thanks Darla and Sharon Rose.
I do think ther eis simethign special about a crisp white shirt and this has a lovely stretchines to it.
Shopaholic - thank you - some shades of green and turquoise don't suit me at all.
Stacy - isn't it a lovely colour?
Umbradecor - I take my hat off to you:)

Kathie Truitt said...

You look sexy in this. Don't take that wrong - I'm not that kind of girl - ha! But you do look, as we say here in the State, 'hot.'

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