Monday, February 28, 2011

Things I once knew


In the early 90s, I did a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major study in English Literature. Reams of essays I wrote on Shakespeare and Marlowe, Keats, Shelley and Byron, Tennyson and Arnold. And then I moved onto other things, decided my major study should be history, and that was kind of that. But lately I have been remembering all the beautiful poetry that I read then and I am beginning to rediscover it. The wonderful series, "The Romantics" (hosted by Peter Ackroyd) has helped me to revisit these poems and, actually, to get a bit more out of them than I did twenty years ago! My favourite at the moment is Keats. Do you read poetry? Or is there something you once immersed yourself in and then forgot?


Bodecea said...

Changes from time to time - but I still like to read SPs poems.

Diana Kennedy said...

It really seems that there are times in our life when poetry plays a bigger role than in other. I used to be very fond of poetry in my youth, and like you, I am re-discovering it.

Feronia said...

@ Bodecea -

Yes, I always go back to SP. Have you read much TS Eliot? I have been reading him lately and in some ways he reminded me of SP.

@ Diana -

I really think I am getting more out of it now because I don't *have* to read it to write an essay!