Poetry

The Poetry Group was launched in autumn 2003, since when we have had:

Talks on poets: John Donne, Wordsworth and Coleridge, Byron, Edward Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, Edna St Vincent Millay, Charles Causley and others

Rehearsed Readings: T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, Shakespeare's Sonnets, selections from Milton, Tennyson, MacNeice, Betjeman, Auden, Heaney . . . .

Discussion Topics: Colour in poetry; Performance Poetry, Faith and Doubt, as seen in Dante, Shelley, Tennyson and others, and new works by Jacob Polley, Eavan Boland, Michael Longley.

We have marked the centenaries of: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Betjeman, WH Auden, Louis Macniece, Milton, Tennyson, and celebrated Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday, and also 250 years since the birth of Robert Burns with a party, songs and bagpipe music.

We hope to continue with a similar mix of traditional and modern work, talks and readings. We always welcome questions, participation and discussion.

Janet Cunliffe-Jones