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Hearing Things Wrong: Ode Don't

It can make it very difficult to take poetry seriously.

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Guest — Elizabeth
Thank you :-) I do this constantly. Only this morning I heard 'heart' instead of 'hart' and went askew for several lines. But I l... Read More
Sunday, 24 April 2016 10:59
Guest — marion tracy
Yes this is one of the many drawbacks of teaching literature to teenagers. Once the first pun is seen masses more materialise wil... Read More
Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:15
Guest — Robin
Thank you, I'm constantly misreading my own drafts, a great source of unexpected image and metaphor!
Sunday, 24 April 2016 18:16
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WHAT MAKES POEMS CLICK

If you read a lot of poems, most of them don’t.

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Guest — jim brown
Hi Nell, Hope all is well. Just looked up The cassia tree, more popularly known as the golden shower tree, is native to tropical A... Read More
Monday, 28 October 2013 14:31
Guest — Nell Nelson
Thanks Jim - yes I also looked it up.. It isn't clear, it seems, which tree the ancient poet would have been referring to because ... Read More
Monday, 28 October 2013 15:27
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TRADITION AND THE INDIVIDUAL TALONS

Yes, it’s TALENT. I know.

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Guest — Antony Mair
A nice riff, but in some ways the Eliot essay is a red herring. The word "talent" only appears in the heading, and it would proba... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 11:32
Guest — Nell Nelson
Thanks Antony -- I am fond of herrings, the redder the better. It is not a new situation to feel more people are writing than read... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:34
Guest — Antony Mair
Shortly after your response, I came across John Heath-Stubbs' poem "The Frog and the Nightingale", which seems apposite - Hearing... Read More
Monday, 05 August 2013 14:39
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