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Prompt – Tempest

Hi, I have used Ragtag’s prompt ‘Tempest’ as inspiration to bring a bit of Shakespeare to the page, The Tempest, one of my favourites, is a play by William Shakespeare, written around 1610 it is thought to be one of the last plays he wrote alone. The first scene takes place on a ship atContinue reading “Prompt – Tempest”

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Poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’

On this day, May 3rd 1915, during World War I, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae a Canadian poet, physician, artist and soldier, wrote the now famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields”. It is in commemoration of the 1915 battle of Ypres. For 17 days, McCrae tended those injured in the battle. He wrote the poem afterContinue reading “Poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’”

May Day

Happy May Day! Throughout the decades, there have been different festivities and representations of May Day, seasonal change has been the most significant one across countries. May Day is one of the four ancient Celtic cross-quarter days, an astronomical holiday as it falls between the March equinox and June solstice. Originating from its Celtic name,Continue reading “May Day”

Weekend Prompts

Hi – the weekend is here, Sammi’s challenge is to create a piece of writing in exactly 77 words using the prompt ‘catacomb’, I am combining this with Fandango’s challenge for today which is the word ‘snake’ and Ragtag’s prompt which is’ labyrinth’, you can see their links below. Here is my poem in 77Continue reading “Weekend Prompts”

The President & The Poet

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the thirty-fifth President of the United States. His inaugural address is best remembered for a single line: “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” Robert Frost was the first poet to speakContinue reading “The President & The Poet”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), (Not to be confused with the Belgian independent film director with the same name), was born on 28th June in 1712, he was raised by his father as his mother died 9 days following his birth. He was a philosopher, writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the EnlightenmentContinue reading “Jean-Jacques Rousseau”

THE DEATH OF THE PRESIDENT

Sadly, on this day, 22nd November 1963, President John F. Kennedy died. In the autumn of 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his advisers had started planning for the next presidential campaign. On November 12th, he held the first important political planning meeting where JFK stressed the importance of winning Florida and Texas and discussedContinue reading “THE DEATH OF THE PRESIDENT”

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was born on January 27, 1832, he was a person who, through his varied writing styles and power of communication, struck the imagination of children and adults alike. His best-known works, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1872) are still enjoyedContinue reading “Lewis Carroll”

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Sunday, each year honour is paid to the members of the Armed Forces who have served their country and we pay respects to the fallen who have given their lives in defence of our freedom. It is at this time we naturally turn to the War Poets as we reflect on theContinue reading “Remembrance Day”