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”

7 Places to Find Poetry You’ll Love

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Finding new poems to read in this massive soup we call ‘the internet’ can be a very daunting, frustrating task. Where does one even start? Simply googling ‘poetry’ doesn’t always give the best results, and always reading the same authors may be a bit unfulfilling.

Here are seven places to find some new poetry; poetry to inspire you, comfort you or broaden your mind.

1. From your favourite films, books or series

If a poem is part of something you already love, chances are that you will enjoy it too. Look up (the full version of) a poem from your favourite film, and maybe try another one by its author. I, for example, learned Shakespeare’s 116th Sonnet by heart when I was sixteen because I was so moved by the scene in Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility where Marianne recites it in the pouring rain. (Pretentious drama queen much?) Continue reading “7 Places to Find Poetry You’ll Love”

You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag | Jane Austen Edition

94c5117e0eb82cdf150883e083bd3870Sometimes, I think my blog posts are way too serious. All of those poetry analyses and discussion posts, it’s time for some more casual fun! (Don’t get me wrong, I do LOVE poetry and discussions.) I liked this tag as soon as I saw it, and bookmarked it for a rainy day. The sun is shining brightly at the moment (26°C in October!*) but what the hell, let’s have some fun!

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*Oops, that’s what happens when you postpone finishing a blog post. Continue reading “You’re Not Good Enough Book Tag | Jane Austen Edition”