Evesham & District

Personal Choice - Poetry - March 21

This month was for personal choice which turned out to be mostly poetry.

Some of us have a reticence to explore poetry, as we may think that we may not understand what the poet had meant to convey through the words, but as a group, we felt that it doesn’t matter what you get out of a poem as long as you get something.

Poems chosen

Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy
A long-time favourite of one of our members, all about life. Read at Jacqueline Kennedy’s funeral. It translates well.

Autumn Song by Paul Verlaine
In World War II lines from the poem were used to send messages from Special Operations Executive

People by Yevtushenko
Most of us read English poetry, so it’s good to try alternatives.

Silver by Walter de la Mare
Some of us had studied this poem at school, and were pleased to revisit it. It has a magical feel, and the person who selected this poem loves to watch the moon by telescope.

Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare
One of the more well-known sonnets, and a favourite, relevant to our current situation.

My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
Not an easy read, but it gradually dawns on the reader that the speaker has disposed of his last wife and is looking to find his next one.

Don’t Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier (One of the American Fireside Poets)
A simple and clear message, especially when applied to the last year.

Have You Ever Seen by Author Unknown
A light look at double meanings in English words.

Digging by Seamus Heaney
You can understand this poet’s words at first reading, but you get more out of them if you think more about them. Heaney uses his pen to dig, while his predecessors dug with spades.

Song [When I am dead, my dearest] by Christina Rossetti
Let Me Die A Youngman's Death by Roger McGough
The Little People by Madison Julius Cawein
These last 3 poems are the choice of one of our members who used to conduct secular funeral ceremonies.