Poem | Where My Books Go by W.B. Yeats

Where my books go

Some poems I enjoy because there is something inherently ‘clever’ about the way they are constructed, others because the feeling they evoke is so powerful and wonderful. “Where My Books Go” is one of the latter. I find this poem incredibly soothing, both in meaning and the way it reads. Continue reading “Poem | Where My Books Go by W.B. Yeats”

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Annual Austen Binge & Rearranging My Top 3

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** Contains spoilers for most Austen novels ** (Do I still have to warn you when a book is 200 years old?)

It is one of our family traditions to love Jane Austen. With a grandfather who has re-read Pride and Prejudice every Christmas for the last 50+ years to set the tone, how could we not? My mum showed me Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (the film with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman) when I was 14 years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I regularly watch adaptations of each of the ‘great six’ and started reading the books as soon as I had learnt enough English to understand them. I even used to have a habit of watching the 2005 BBC mini-series of Emma every time I got my heart broken by some boy, because “let us think of superior men, there are plenty more suitable suitors around”.

I’ve recently been listening to Austen’s novels as audio books. I found a recording of Pride and Prejudice on Librivox, an app with public domain audio books that I cannot recommend enough, and listened to it over the Christmas holidays. I had to get used to the American narrator for a few chapters, but after that it was very enjoyable. A few weeks ago I listened to Persuasion, then Sense and Sensibility and I’m currently listening to Emma. Someone has just gifted Jane Fairfax a pianoforte, but who could it be?! Continue reading “Annual Austen Binge & Rearranging My Top 3”

Carol Ann Duffy’s Unattainable Bees

The Bees

I have probably spent about a year reading Carol Ann Duffy’s The Bees. I absolutely adored her poetry collection Rapture so I bought this one to explore more of her work. Unfortunately, it left me quite unimpressed and a bit disappointed.

The reason that this book took me so long to read is probably that I didn’t understand much of it. For every poem I read I felt that I had to google it extensively to make sense of the words, references and underlying meaning. This spoilt the enjoyment for me. I like researching poems and seeing what they meant to other people, but first I want to let the poem wash over me and muse on what I think it means. With most of these poems I was simply unable to do that. Continue reading “Carol Ann Duffy’s Unattainable Bees”

Talking Pages | How I Fell in Love with Prufrock

prufrocktpIt’s no secret that I love “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot. I quote it far too often (though fortunately mostly to myself) and some time ago I wrote a blogpost where I tried to convince you to read it with pictures of cats and Humphrey Bogart looking devastated. (Wow, that was in 2015..!)

I was first introduced to Prufrock by Yulin Kuang’s I Didn’t Write This series. Her video is an abridged version of the poem read out over clips of a couple at the beach. The narrator (Sean Persaud, the man in the video) has a very beautiful voice that made poem come so much more alive to me than if I had read it on a page first. Continue reading “Talking Pages | How I Fell in Love with Prufrock”

7 Alternative Journaling Formats To Try

Journalling

You may have noticed that one notebook is missing from my list of ten notebooks I’m currently using: a journal (my bullet journal only functions as a planner). I’ve been struggling to keep one recently, and thus I’ve been thinking a lot about different ways to approach journaling and make it more feasible for myself.

Today I’ll share the seven different shapes a journal can take that I have gathered over the past few months. They all take various amounts of time, effort and creativity— I’d say there’s a good chance at least one of them will suit your needs Continue reading “7 Alternative Journaling Formats To Try”