Category Archives: Poetry

OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter

This is the Eve of St. Agnes and, therefore, time once again for a PODCAzT I made a while back.  HERE I, fan of poetry that I am, read out Keat’s poem, 42 Spencerian stanzas.  It is torrid and lush, with … Continue reading

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The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe

The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe Gerard Manley Hopkins Wild air, world-mothering air, Nestling me everywhere, That each eyelash or hair Girdles; goes home betwixt The fleeciest, frailest-flixed Snowflake; that ’s fairly mixed With, riddles, and is … Continue reading

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1 Dec: St. Nahum, Prophet of the Old Testment

Many Old Testament figures are numbered among the saints by the Catholic Church. You can find them listed in the Martyrologium Romanum. 1. Commemoratio sancti Nahum, prophetae, qui Deum praedicavit cursum temporum regentem et populos in iustitia iudicantem. Yes, folks, … Continue reading

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“Martinmass” by John Clare

“Martinmass” by John Clare written on 11 Nov 1841. ‘Tis Martinmass from rig to rig Ploughed fields and meadow lands are blea In hedge and field each restless twig Is dancing on the naked tree Flags in the dykes are … Continue reading

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The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe

The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe Gerard Manley Hopkins Wild air, world-mothering air, Nestling me everywhere, That each eyelash or hair Girdles; goes home betwixt The fleeciest, frailest-flixed Snowflake; that ’s fairly mixed With, riddles, and is … Continue reading

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Third Sunday After Easter – by John Keble

Third Sunday After Easter John Keble (a leading figure in the Oxford Movement, but who did not swim the Tiber) [A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but as soon as she is … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot

Have you ever read or studied T.S Eliot’s poem Ash Wednesday? You should have, you know. Let us not let Ash Wednesday pass without at least touching on the poem. If you have never read or heard it, at least … Continue reading

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Goose

Via the Laudator: Robert Southey (1774-1843), To a Goose: If thou didst feed on western plains of yore; Or waddle wide with flat and flabby feet Over some Cambrian mountain’s plashy moor; Or find in farmer’s yard a safe retreat … Continue reading

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“I collect books just as others store grain….”

From the Laudator comes something with which I can sympathize: Yuan Mei (1716–1797), Book Storage, tr. J.D.Schmidt: I collect books just as others store grain, And bitterly complain I don’t have enough granaries. In order to make space for a … Continue reading

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“From office confinement all year long,…”

With a biretta tip to the Laudator: Wei Yingwu (737–792), East of the Town, tr. Witter Bynner: From office confinement all year long, I have come out of town to be free this morning Where willows harmonize the wind And … Continue reading

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