|Details|| ||The Poetry Appreciation 2 group started the year with ten people and has had a reasonable monthly attendance.
We meet in private homes and are very grateful to Phoebe who is our regular gracious hostess, but manage to find other hosts on occasions when necessary.
Unfortunately, a couple of regular attendees have now left to live nearer their families. We shall miss them and their valuable contributions, but wish them well in their new homes and hope they find other poetry events suitable for their knowledge and experience. We have also lost touch with others (Guy, if you are reading this, please let us know your email address or phone number so we can keep in touch).
In January, Phoebe read several modern women poets, showing we are not limited to classic poets but embrace a range of styles. In February, Christine read accessible favourites, The Listener, The Highwayman, The Eagle, as we welcomed some who professed to be new to poetry, but have since proved to be keen and perceptive critics.
In March, we had a discussion on William Blake, with everyone researching the poet and bringing their favourite poems of his for a combined picture of the poet and his work. Everyone felt this worked well, as by individuals sharing our combined experience, we learnt more than by listening to one person. This is the format we now use and it has proved to be enjoyable and helpful, the mixing of ideas illuminating aspects of the poem we might otherwise have missed. All were amazed at the number and variety of his poems, and we only lightly touched on his artistic etching and paintings.
In April, we explored some of the very many poems written by Christina Rossetti, poems for children, well-known poems, (Remembrance, for example, commonly used at funerals) and some of her devotional poems. We did, however, feel the overall effect of reading many of the poems was depressing.
Next, we will research another woman poet, the famous wife of Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. In June we should study another male poet!
We would welcome more contributors and more men to give us a more comprehensive view of poetry.|