Merry Christmas dear kind readers

Merry Christmas dear kind readers

Dear Kind Readers,WritingRedux wishes you a Merry Christmas if you celebrate it, and in any case a hefty dose of Peace on Earth along with an injection of Goodwill to All, to boost your all round resilience in these trying times. In addition, and more specifically,...
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...
The strangest of times

The strangest of times

Been enjoying the rhyming recitals of Probably Tomfoolery, and in particular this one, ‘The Strangest of Times’, see him perform it here. Infused with gentle humour, warmth and kindness, they are a calming, hopeful way to wrap up the week, or the day, or...
Imp

Imp

Before reading Drury’s splendid biography of the poet George Herbert, I knew ‘imp’ only as a small being of occasional mischievousness.But it is also a falconry term, which the OED defines as: ‘to engraft feathers in a damaged wing to restore...
Love bade me…

Love bade me…

One of the most beautiful English poems, of great simplicity and generosity, by George Herbert.  Much of his poetry is religious but his expansiveness means that they can and do still resonate with people who aren’t particularly religious.  Love features largely...
All the details of the tree

All the details of the tree

A fine injunction to a writer, first to face truth and then to give unhidden all the details. Neither is easy.’Face truth, wrapped in a puzzle. …You’ll tellYour tale in writing?  Make sure that you giveUnhidden, all the details of the tree.’...
Scum-skinned tide

Scum-skinned tide

Something alarmingly contemporary about this polluted surface in Dante’s Inferno, especially when he discerns, through the miasma, dead souls fleeing.”Now train your gaze across that scum-skinned tide,”He said to me as he set my eyes free,”To...
Beware rash judgement

Beware rash judgement

Dante is cautioned to beware those who pass speedy judgement – ‘Anyone and his wife’ who think in witnessing a deed they can securely make assumptions about its karmic consequences.’So we should be strict towardsAll people when they judge at...
Yours to win, not lose

Yours to win, not lose

These racing monosyllables have the pace and certainty of one who runs, and lives, as if he can only win. I have a certain admiration for such bounding assurance.’But this one ran as if the race were hisTo win, not lose.  As his life was, and is.”… e...
Of sisters dissimilar

Of sisters dissimilar

Dante meets the two sisters in Purgatory, and Leah describes, with Dantesque pithiness, the difference between them.For other quotations concerning rather more similar sisters, see Jane Eyre, or a few examples of sister-shared insanity in Mervyn Peake’s...

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