Friday, 11 October 2013

In Homage To Poetry And The Written Word

From our understanding of poetry comes so many thoughts. Sven Radio would like to bring to light some of what it considers to be the most interesting and illuminative, on this chilly, autumn morning, here in England. There is no order of preference. All works are taken from our vast library that is at the heart also of our music. Selections are in the main just the odd phrase or verse from the larger work. I will attempt to cover a wide spectrum of thought in the same manner that our music does.

Philip Larkin 1922 - 1985
"Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms
Inside your head, and people in them, acting.
People you know, yet can't quite name."

"A gentleman haranguing on the perfection of our law, and that it was equally open to the poor and the rich, was answered by another, 'So is the London Tavern'."

"A sympathetic Scot summed it all up very neatly in the remark, 'You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk-dancing.'".

"I feel no pain dear mother now
But oh, I am so dry!
O take me to a brewery
And leave me there to die."

Matthew Arnold 1822 - 1888
"Beautiful city! so venerable, so lovely, so unravaged by the fierce intellectual life of our century, so serene! ... whispering from her towers the last enchantments of the Middle Age ... Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties! [Oxford]

Raymond Chandler 1888 - 1959
"Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean; who is neither tarnished nor afraid."

Henry Vaughan 1622 - 1695
"I saw eternity the other night,
Like a great ring of pure and endless light,
All calm, as it was bright;
And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,
Driv'n by the spheres
Like a vast shadow mov'd; in which the world
And all her train were hurl'd."

Thomas Paine 1737 - 1809
" It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe."


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