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The Mad Gardener’s Song by Lewis Carroll

March 12, 2013


It is not well-known that, beside the Alice books, Lewis Carroll wrote another nonsense novel, Sylvie and Bruno (1889).  The Alice books are masterpieces.  Sylvie and Bruno is laboured and tedious, unfunny and unexciting, and for the most part, well forgotten.  The exception is the following poem which appears as a refrain, a verse at a time […]

Solar Microscopes and Phials Innumerable

November 17, 2012


Scientific Curios in the Chambers of the Poet Scientist Really I was thinking about Frankenstein, which has a good claim to be the very first science fiction novel.  Mary Shelley who wrote it was the wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.  I was interested in Shelley’s own reputation as the scientific poet and came […]

The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

August 23, 2012


(From Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.)  The Walrus and the Carpenter     ‘The sun was shining on the sea,       Shining with all his might:      He did his very best to make       The billows smooth and bright—      And this was odd, because it was       The middle of the […]

Andrew Marvell – To His Coy Mistress

July 30, 2012


Andrew Marvell [1621-1678] To His Coy Mistress Had we but World enough, and Time, This coyness Lady were no crime. We would sit down, and think which way To walk, and pass our long Loves Day. Thou by the Indian Ganges side Should’st rubies find: I by the Tide Of Humber would complain. I would […]

Tom O’ Bedlam’s Song

May 3, 2011


Tom O’ Bedlam’s Song From the hagg and hungrie goblin That into raggs would rend ye, And the spirit that stands by the naked man In the Book of Moones – defend ye! That of your five sound senses You never be forsaken, Nor wander from your selves with Tom Abroad to beg your bacon. […]

KUBLA KHAN by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

January 27, 2011


KUBLA KHAN In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. 5 So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round: And here were gardens bright with sinuous rills, Where blossomed many an incense-bearing […]

A flask of wine, a book of verse, and thou

January 20, 2011


  Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse–and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness– And Wilderness is Paradise enow. By Omar Kayyam as translated by Edward Fitzgerald

To a Mouse, by Robert Burns

September 5, 2010


TO A MOUSE, ON TURNING HER UP IN HER NEST WITH THE PLOUGH, NOVEMBER, 1785. Wee, sleekit, cow’rin’, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi’ bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee, Wi’ murd’ring pattle! * I’m truly sorry man’s dominion […]

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

July 31, 2010


THE RAVEN. By Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Gustave Doré Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. “‘T is some […]

The Windhover

July 2, 2010


By Gerard Manley Hopkins The Windhover: To Christ our Lord I CAUGHT this morning morning's minion, king- dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Fal- con, in his riding Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing In his ecstacy! then off, off […]