Spotlight Poetry – Choric Song – A Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

(PAINTING) (TITLE) (FLOWERS AND PINK ROSES) (ARTIST) (LIN VAN DER HULST) (POEM) (CHORIC SONG) (THE LOTUS_EATERS) (POET) (ALFRED LORD TENNYSON)

© Rachel Lin van der Hulst, Flowers and Pink Roses, 2021

Choric Song 1 & 2 by Alfred Lord Tennyson

From The Lotus-eaters

I
There is sweet music here that softer falls
Than petals from blown roses on the grass,

Or night-dews on still waters between walls
Of shadowy granite, in a gleaming pass;
Music that gentlier on the spirit lies,
Than tir’d eyelids upon tir’d eyes;

Music that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.
Here are cool mosses deep,
And thro’ the moss the ivies creep,
And in the stream the long-leaved flowers weep,

And from the craggy ledge the poppy hangs in sleep.”

II
Why are we weigh’d upon with heaviness,
And utterly consumed with sharp distress,

While all things else have rest from weariness?
All things have rest: why should we toil alone,
We only toil, who are the first of things,
And make perpetual moan,

Still from one sorrow to another thrown:
Nor ever fold our wings,
And cease from wanderings,
Nor steep our brows in slumber’s holy balm;

Nor harken what the inner spirit sings,
“There is no joy but calm!”
Why should we only toil, the roof and crown of things?

Poem Attribution © Alfred Lord Tennyson, Choric Song, (From The Lotus-eaters

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45364/the-lotos-eaters

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Painting Attribution © Rachel Lin van der Hulst, Flowers and Pink Roses, 2021

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Spotlight Poetry – Demeter – A Poem by Carol Ann Duffy

(PAINTING) (ABSTRACT) (EXPRESSIONIST) (TITLE) (WINTER TURNS TO SPRING) (ARTIST) (SARAH STOKES) (POEM) (DEMETER) (POET) (CAROL ANN DUFFY)

© Sarah Stokes, Winter Turns to Spring, 2019

Demeter by Carol Ann Duffy

Where I lived – winter and hard earth.
I sat in my cold stone room
choosing tough words, granite, flint,

to break the ice. My broken heart –
I tried that, but it skimmed,
flat, over the frozen lake.

She came from a long, long way,
but I saw her at last, walking,
my daughter, my girl, across the fields,

in bare feet, bringing all spring’s flowers
to her mother’s house. I swear
the air softened and warmed as she moved,

the blue sky smiling, none too soon,
with the small shy mouth of a new moon.

Poem Attribution © Carol Ann Duffy – Demeter

Source Attribution https://www.poetryinternational.com/en/poets-poems/poems/poem/103-23656_Demeter

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Spotlight Poetry – The Midnight Skaters – A Poem by Roger McGough

(PAINTING) (TITLE) (FROSTY NIGHT) (ARTIST) (JORDAN TSONEY) (POEM) (THE MIDNIGHT SKATERS) (POET) (ROGER MCGOUGH)

© Jordan Tsonev, Frosty Night, 2018

The Midnight Skaters by Roger McGough

It is midnight in the ice rink
And all is cool and still.

Darkness seems to hold its breath
Nothing moves, until

Out of the kitchen, one by one,
The cutlery comes creeping,

Quiet as mice to the brink of the ice
While all the world is sleeping.

Then suddenly, a serving-spoon
Switches on the light,

And the silver swoops upon the ice
Screaming with delight.

The knives are high-speed skaters
Round and round they race,

Blades hissing, sissing,
Whizzing at a dizzy pace.

Forks twirl like dancers
Pirouetting on the spot.

Teaspoons (who take no chances)
Hold hands and giggle a lot.

All night long the fun goes on
Until the sun, their friend,

Gives the warning signal
That all good things must end.

So they slink back to the darkness
of the kitchen cutlery-drawer

And steel themselves to wait
Until it’s time to skate once more.

At eight the canteen ladies
Breeze in as good as gold

To lay the tables and wonder
Why the cutlery is so cold.

Poem Attribution © Roger McGough, The Midnight Skaters

Source Attribution https://clpe.org.uk/poetry/poems/midnight-skaters

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Spotlight Poetry – Escape at Bedtime – A Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

PHOTOGRAPH TITLE THE PLEIADES PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT GENDLER POEM ESCAPE AT BEDTIME POET ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

© Robert Gendler, The Pleiades, 2011

Escape at Bedtime by Robert Louis Stevenson

The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars;

And high overhead and all moving about,
There were thousands of millions of stars.
There ne’er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of people in church or the Park,

As the crowds of the stars that looked down upon me,
And that glittered and winked in the dark.

The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,

These shone in the sky, and the pail by the wall
Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;

But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
And the stars going round in my head.

Poem Attribution © Robert Louis Stevenson Escape at Bedtime

Source Attribution https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/escape-bedtime/

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Photo Attribution © Robert Gendler, The Pleiades, 2011

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Spotlight Poetry – The Fascinating Chill that Music Leaves – A Poem by Emily Dickinson

PAINTING ABSTRACT SURREALISM TITLE WATER PLANET ARTIST JULIA PINKHAM  POEM THE FASCINATING CHILL THAT MUSIC LEAVES POET EMILY DICKINSON

© Julia Pinkham, Water Planet, 2021

The Fascinating Chill that Music Leaves by Emily Dickinson

The fascinating chill that music leaves
Is Earth’s corroboration
Of Ecstasy’s impediment –

‘Tis Rapture’s germination
In timid and tumultuous soil
A fine-estranging creature –
To something upper wooing us
But not to our Creator –

Poem Attribution © Emily Dickinson, The Fascinating Chill that Music Leaves

Source Attribution https://internetpoem.com/emily-dickinson/the-fascinating-chil-poem/

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Painting Attribution © Julia Pinkham, Water Planet, 2021

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Spotlight Poetry – The Sea – (Extract from The Triumph of Time) – A Poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne

PAINTING SEASCAPE TITLE YELLOW ROCKS ARTIST IRINA LAUBE  POEM THE SEA THE TRIUMPH OF TIME POET ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE

© Irina Laube, Yellow Rocks, 2021

The Sea by Algernon Charles Swinburne

(An extract from “The Triumph of Time”)

I will go back to the great sweet mother,
Mother and lover of men, the sea.

I will go down to her, I and none other,
Close with her, kiss her and mix her with me;
Cling to her, strive with her, hold her fast:
O fair white mother, in days long past

Born without sister, born without brother,
Set free my soul as thy soul is free.

O fair green-girdled mother of mine,
Sea, that art clothed with the sun and the rain,

Thy sweet hard kisses are strong like wine,
Thy large embraces are keen like pain.
Save me and hide me with all thy waves,
Find me one grave of thy thousand graves,

Those pure cold populous graves of thine
Wrought without hand in a world without stain.

I shall sleep, and move with the moving ships,
Change as the winds change, veer in the tide;

My lips will feast on the foam of thy lips,
I shall rise with thy rising, with thee subside;
Sleep, and not know if she be, if she were,
Filled full with life to the eyes and hair,

As a rose is fulfilled to the roseleaf tips
With splendid summer and perfume and pride.

This woven raiment of nights and days,
Were it once cast off and unwound from me,

Naked and glad would I walk in thy ways,
Alive and aware of thy ways and thee;
Clear of the whole world, hidden at home,
Clothed with the green and crowned with the foam,

A pulse of the life of thy straits and bays,
A vein in the heart of the streams of the sea.

Poem Attribution © Algernon Charles Swinburne, The Sea (An extract from “The Triumph of Time”)

Source Attribution https://whyword.wordpress.com/tag/algernon-charles-swinburne/

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Painting Attribution © Irina Laube, Yellow Rocks, 2021

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Spotlight Poetry – Snow in the Suburbs – A Poem by Thomas Hardy

PAINTING WINTER URBAN LANDSCAPE TITLE SNOW REMSEN STREET BROOKLYN NEW YORK ARTIST ANTHONY BUTERA POEM SNOW IN THE SUBURBS POET THOMAS HARDY

© Anthony Butera, Snow Remsen St. Brooklyn New York, 2013

Snow in the Suburbs by Thomas Hardy

Every branch big with it,
Bent every twig with it;

Every fork like a white web-foot;
Every street and pavement mute:
Some flakes have lost their way, and grope back upward when
Meeting those meandering down they turn and descend again.

The palings are glued together like a wall,
And there is no waft of wind with the fleecy fall.

A sparrow enters the tree,
Whereon immediately

A snow-lump thrice his own slight size
Descends on him and showers his head and eye
And overturns him,
And near inurns him,

And lights on a nether twig, when its brush
Starts off a volley of other lodging lumps with a rush.

The steps are a blanched slope,
Up which, with feeble hope,

A black cat comes, wide-eyed and thin;
And we take him in.

Poem Attribution © Thomas Hardy, Snow in the Suburbs

Source Attribution https://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=239

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Painting Attribution © Anthony Butera, Snow Remsen St. Brooklyn New York, 2013

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Spotlight Poetry – Endure Hardness – A Poem by Christina Rossetti

PAINTING ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONIST LANDSCAPE TITLE FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING - BLACKTHORN IN BLOOM ARTIST ELAINE KAZIMIERCZUK  POEM ENDURE HARDNESS POET CHRISTINA ROSSETTI

© Elaine Kazimierczuk, First Signs of Spring – Blackthorn in Bloom, 2020

Endure Hardness by Christina Rossetti

A cold wind stirs the blackthorn
To burgeon and to blow,

Besprinkling half-green hedges
With flakes and sprays of snow.



Through coldness and through keenness,
Dear hearts, take comfort so:

Somewhere or other doubtless
These make the blackthorn blow.

Poem Attribution © Cristina Rossetti, Endure Hardness

Source Attribution https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/endure-hardness

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Spotlight Poetry – Exultation is the going – A Poem by Emily Dickinson

PAINTING TITLE SETTING OFF TO SEA ARTIST MALINGA PERERA SEASCAPE FISHING BOAT POEM EXULTATION IS THE GOING POET EMILY DICKINSON

© Malinga Perera, Setting off to Sea, 2019

Exultation is the going by Emily Dickinson

Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea,

Past the houses—past the headlands—
Into deep Eternity—

Bred as we, among the mountains,
Can the sailor understand

The divine intoxication
Of the first league out from land?

Poem Attribution © Emily Dickinson, Exultation is the going

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/exultation-is-the-going/

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Painting Attribution © Malinga Perera, Setting off to Sea, 2019

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Spotlight Poetry – The Witch – A Poem by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

IMAGE PAINTING PORTRAIT TITLE OLD WOMAN  ARTIST JAMES COATES

© James Coates, Old Woman, 2016

The Witch by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

I have walked a great while over the snow,
And I am not tall nor strong.

My clothes are wet, and my teeth are set,
And the way was hard and long.
I have wandered over the fruitful earth,
But I never came here before.

Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door!

The cutting wind is a cruel foe.
I dare not stand in the blast.

My hands are stone, and my voice a groan,
And the worst of death is past.
I am but a little maiden still,
My little white feet are sore.

Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door!

Her voice was the voice that women have,
Who plead for their heart’s desire.

She came—she came—and the quivering flame
Sunk and died in the fire.
It never was lit again on my hearth
Since I hurried across the floor,

To lift her over the threshold, and let her in at the door.

Poem Attribution © Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, The Witch

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/witch

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Painting Attribution © James Coates, Old Woman, 2016

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