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”

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Favourite Blog Posts of February

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Hey all,

Lately I’ve seen quite a few people share their favourites of the blog posts they read that month, and I think it’s a brilliant idea.

Book reviews

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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

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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”

Insightful and Lovely: A Room With A View by E.M. Forster

A Room With A View 2My favourite read this January was A Room With A View by E.M. Forster. It was one of those books that had been on my TBR for ages but I never actually sat down to read. (I still didn’t, to be fair. I listened to it on my Loyal Books app, an app full of public domain, free audiobooks that I cannot recommend enough.)

In A Room With A View Lucy Honeychurch travels to Florence with her cousin Charlotte and ends up in a pension full of curious English people. They switch rooms with a father and son, the Emersons, because as they say, ladies appreciate a nice view and men don’t. The son, George Emerson, makes rather an impression on Lucy and throws all of her ideas about her rigid, organised life off balance. Can she ever fully go back to her old ways? Continue reading “Insightful and Lovely: A Room With A View by E.M. Forster”

Talking Pages | 3 Stars To TED-Ed’s ‘There’s A Poem For That’

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This weekend, the TED-Ed channel on YouTube launched their new series ‘There’s A Poem For That‘ which, according to them, “features animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give language to some of life’s biggest feelings”. Poetry nerd as I am, I, of course, got very excited and had to check it out immediately. Here are some of my thoughts: Continue reading “Talking Pages | 3 Stars To TED-Ed’s ‘There’s A Poem For That’”