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Henry D.Thoreau

Posted 12-12-2010 at 02:18 AM by Steve Bucknell
The Pond in Winter.


Then to my morning work. First I take an axe and pail and go in search of water, if that be not a dream. After a cold and snowy night it needed a divining-rod to find it. Every winter the liquid and trembling surface of the pond, which was so sensitive to every breath, and reflected every light and shadow, becomes solid to the depth of a foot or a foot and a half, so it will support the heaviest teams, and perchance the snow covers it to an equal depth,...
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Gilbert White

Posted 12-11-2010 at 02:28 AM by Steve Bucknell
Updated 12-11-2010 at 02:33 AM by Steve Bucknell
After two days and nights of thaw the green fields emerge into the light. A mild Westerly wind knocks and shakes everything free of snow.

Gilbert White, (born 1720), author of The Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne kept his journal from 1768 to 1793 when he died. His journals record details of the passing seasons. Without plan or pretension they become poetry.


1779.

Nov. 23. An eclipse of the moon, total but not central.
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Kirke White

Posted 12-10-2010 at 04:41 AM by Steve Bucknell
Updated 01-15-2011 at 03:39 PM by Steve Bucknell
I think Henry Kirke White only ever really wrote one poem. That poem ranged restlessly across the landscape of his limited experience always seeking a scene of repose “far from the unquietness of life.” Moments in his poetry find a peace and serenity he never had in life. Reading him feels like keeping him company at this great distance in time, standing with him, looking up at “Orion in his arctic tower.”

His name fades into literary history, yet an attentive reader can still see...
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John Dryden

Posted 12-09-2010 at 01:21 PM by Steve Bucknell
Updated 01-30-2011 at 10:39 AM by Steve Bucknell
The cold spell continues. Some efforts made to clear the pavements of ice leave piles of slabs like shattered marble. A day’s respite tomorrow with temperatures rising to four or five centigrade! Cold and snowy conditions forecast to continue up to Christmas. I plan to start my own sled-making company: Rosebud Enterprises Ltd.. This promises to be a sound investment opportunity for all Spherians.

I’m coming round to the theory that in the Northern Hemisphere we are beginning to...
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Philip Larkin

Posted 12-08-2010 at 08:56 AM by Steve Bucknell
Updated 04-14-2011 at 05:45 AM by Steve Bucknell
Last night I made my own copy of Larkin’s unpublished poem “Dear Jake”. It took a while, pausing, replaying and peering at portions of the typed page as it appeared and was whisked away by the saintly hands of Andrew Motion. An offending word in the poem is censored on the film and bleeped out as the poem is read out; a nice 1950’s touch.

The poem is a companion-piece to “Posterity”, continuing the fun poked by Larkin at his posthumous reputation, and a touching gift to his secretary...
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