The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris #FridayReads

I bought this large sumptuous book at Christmas as a present for my husband but really it was for me.  Written as a response to the removal of words such as acorn and willow from a children’s dictionary, it laments the loss of these words to our children’s vocabulary and is a book of spellsContinue reading “The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris #FridayReads”

Castles, Customs and Kings edited by Debra Brown #FridayBookShare~ @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare is a game created by Shelley Wilson to help search for an ideal read. Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on the book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare First line of the book. Recruit fans byContinue reading “Castles, Customs and Kings edited by Debra Brown #FridayBookShare~ @ShelleyWilson72”

#AtoZChallenge Letter Y

   is for Yeats In the following poem written in 1888 William Butler Yeats remembered the deserted island of Innisfree in the middle of Lough Gill in County Sligo which he used to visit as a child. Lake Isle of Innisfree I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter Y”

#AtoZChallenge Letter X

For this letter I have to cheat by using EX One person you can count on to be depressing is Thomas Hardy.  Here is one of his later poems. EXPECTATION and EXPERIENCE “I had a holiday once,” said the woman- Her name I did not know- “And I thought that where I’d like to go,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter X”

#AtoZChallenge Letter W

  is for Waterhouse John William Waterhouse was an artist who painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, many years after the original  Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had ceased to exist.  Today I am going to concentrate on his portrayal of The Lady of Shalott. Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote the ballad set at the time of King Arthur, based on theContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter W”

#AtoZChallenge Letter V

 is for Vermeer Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter of domestic interior scenes of everyday seventeenth century life.  Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, and frequently used very expensive pigments. He is noted for his skillful portrayal of light.  He was a reasonably successful painter in his lifetime, but he left his wife and children inContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter V”

#AtoZChallenge Letter U

  is for Untermeyer – Louis Untermeyer One essential book I used throughout all the years I read poetry with 8 to 12 year olds was The Golden Treasury of Poetry, a superb anthology of poems collected by Louis Untermeyer. The anthology contains poems by famous poets such as Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, Lewis CarrollContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter U”

#AtoZChallenge Letter S

Continuing my theme of art inspiring literature:-  is for Starry Night   Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a painting which we all know and love.  Inevitably it has inspired verse. The Starry Night by Anne Sexton That does not keep me from having a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion.Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter S”

#AtoZChallenge Letter P

  is for Pablo Picasso No-one can deny the impact and influence of the art created by Pablo Picasso.  In the early 20th century, after three years of travels around Spain and France, Picasso entered his Blue period. After meeting Fernande Oliver, who became his mistress, his paintings were influenced by his happy relationship withContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge Letter P”