Poems for my family 005 – McGee

Poems for my family 005 – McGee

Inspired by a high altitude test flight, this dazzling poem has added poignancy because John Gillespie McGee (1922-41) died soon after in an air collision with his Spitfire. It conveys the sweeping thrill and ethereal freedom of flying to great heights, with the plane...
Poems for my family 003 – Donne

Poems for my family 003 – Donne

Listening time: under 3 minutes. This is the third poem I chose to share with my family, copied out by hand and sent by post.  Written as part of a series of meditations by John Donne (1572-1631), it is life-affirming even while it speaks of dying.  Above all, it...
Poems for my family 002 – Frost

Poems for my family 002 – Frost

Listening time: under 4 minutes. This is the second poem I chose to share with my family, in what will be a series to be sent approximately once a month, hand-written and by post, delivered to two brothers and their families, and one father. That means writing the...
Poems for my family 001 – Yeats

Poems for my family 001 – Yeats

Listening time: under 3 minutes. The first time I heard this poem was when my mother recited it to my step-father in the kitchen. She had tears in her eyes but I wasn’t sure if it was because she was moved by the poem, or by the fact that it manifestly fell on...

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