We meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at St. Cuthbert's from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Everyone is welcome.
We enjoy poems of all types and from all eras. Usually we bring a poem on a selected theme and then introduce and share it with the group. Sometimes a volunteer delivers a presentation on a chosen topic. This is an easy-going group and we don't engage in any formal literary criticism, though the chosen poems usually generate some discussion. If you are interested in poetry but perhaps haven't read any for some time, then this could be the group for you. Prospective members are encouraged to give it a try and will be made very welcome.
Our programme for 2020 can found on the link to the right.
In January we were fortunate to experience a reading of his own poems by a fellow U3A member. He chose a variety of themes and explained the thoughts and experiences that had led to the writing of each poem, which prompted considerable discussion. Thank you, Fred, for such an enjoyable afternoon.
After Valentine's Day we return at our next meeting on 17.02.20 to the perennial topic of "Love", a favourite of many poets which offers a huge selection of poems from which to choose. Please bring a poem or two to share with the group. And remember that we don't need to restrict ourselves to poems about romantic love...
This month's quotation is the fourth (and middle) stanza of Auden's 1930's poem "O Tell Me the Truth about Love":
Does it howl like a hungry Alsatian,
Or boom like a military band?
Could one give a first-rate imitation
On a saw or a Steinway Grand?
Is its singing at parties a riot?
Does it only like Classical stuff?
Will it stop when one wants to be quiet?
O tell me the truth about love.
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