Sunday, 31 May 2020

MATTHEW ARNOLD - a stream of fresh and free thought

The whole scope of the essay is to recommend culture as the great help out of our present difficulties; culture being a pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world, and, through this knowledge, turning a stream of fresh and free thought upon our stock notions and habits, which we now follow staunchly but mechanically, vainly imagining that there is a virtue in following them staunchly which makes up for the mischief of following them mechanically.
Matthew Arnold
from Culture and Anarchy


NEW VENTURE PART TWO: Tiny Disturbances

Saturday, 23 May 2020

A Windy Day in Summer by Gerard Manley Hopkins

A Windy Day in Summer
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The vex'd elm-heads are pale with the view
Of a mastering heaven utterly blue;
Swoll'n is the wind that in argent billows
Rolls across the labouring willows;
The chestnut-fans are loosely flirting,
And bared is the aspen's silky skirting;
The sapphire pools are smit with white
And silver-shot with gusty light;
While the breeze by rank and measure
Paves the clouds on the swept azure.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020


OK, so I'm going to become a massive YouTube star by reading VERY SHORT POEMS into my phone.  I hope anyone reading this will enjoy and SUBSCRIBE to my channel.

Sunday, 17 May 2020