❝ A poem is a hitchhiker
waiting in a book
hoping you ill stop
hoping you will look
at life and letters differently
once you get to know him.
Give a lift to words.
Pick up a printed poem.
Poetry will help you steer.
Poetry will help you see.
Poems I met years ago
still ride around
inside of me. ❞ — Amy L. V.
❝ The eye, it cannot choose but see;
We cannot bid the ear be still;
Our bodies feel, where’er they be,
Against or with our will. ❞ — William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth (1770–1850) — Britain’s poet laureate between 1843 and 1850 — was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads in 1798. You can hear his poems read out aloud — lower the volume to hear his words whispered — at the sites below:–
The Poetry Archive
The Poetry Archive’s database contains more than 2,500 poems ready to be listened to, as they say, “listen to the world’s best poetry read out loud”: The Poetry Archive – Wordsworth’s Poetry
Wordsworth’s magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude. It is an autobiographical poem in blank verse which was intended as the introduction to the more philosophical poem The Recluse, which Wordsworth never finished. He began The Prelude at the age of 28 and continued to work on it throughout his life. William Wordsworth
The British Library
Listen to the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which cover the entire range of recorded sound including, drama and literature, oral history and regional accents and dialects: British Library Sounds – Survey of English Dialects
The Survey of English Dialects (SED) was a groundbreaking nationwide survey of the vernacular speech of England. From 1950 to 1961 a team of fieldworkers collected data in a network of 313 localities across England, in the form of transcribed responses to a questionnaire containing over 1300 items. The informants were mostly farm labourers, predominantly male and generally over 65 years old as the aim of the survey was to capture the most conservative forms of folk-speech. Almost all the sites visited by the researchers were rural locations, as it was felt that traditional dialect was best preserved in isolated areas. It was initially the intention to include urban areas at a later date, but this plan had to be abandoned on economic grounds (which is a shame): Survey of English Dialects – Evolving English
This selection of recordings celebrates present-day English accents worldwide. The collection, created between November 2010 and April 2011 by visitors to the British Library exhibition, “Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices’, includes contributors of all ages and embraces varieties of English in the UK and overseas including non-native speakers. The database can be search on country (of speaker) and generation (decade of speaker’s birth).: Evolving English
= bending the rules to make one’s art more captivating.
Poetic license means the ‘license’ or ‘liberty’ taken by a poet, prose writer, or other artist in deviating from facts and genre conventions etc. so as to be able to produce more interesting and/or effective artwork.
For instance, we know that we should follow poetic rhyming conventions and syllable and stanza counts but sometimes, the message is more important than the mode so, we take the liberty of scrapping some of the rules every once in a while (see: “Sun, Sand &”).
**** Standing on the shoulders of giants. This metaphor/phrase/idiom: ‘of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants’ (Latin: nanos gigantum humeris insidentes) means, discovering truth by building on previous discoveries. This idea/notion has been traced to the 12th c. and is attributed to Bernard of Chartres. Famously, in 1675, Isaac Newton wrote the following, “if I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”