‘Ae fond kiss and then we sever’ is more commonly known as “Ae fond kiss” and is Burns’ most recorded love song.
After the publication of his collected poems, the Kilmarnock volume, Burns regularly travelled and stayed at Edinburgh. While there he established a platonic relationship with Mrs Agnes Maclehose and they began a regular correspondence using the pseudonyms ‘Clarinda’ and ‘Sylvander’. Burns wrote ‘Ae fond kiss’ after their final meeting and sent it to Mclehose on 27 December 1791 before she departed Edinburgh for Jamaica to be with her estranged husband.
Read by Gill Fraser Lee on 106.9 SFM Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan.
Dubbed “the most popular poet in America” by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humour but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself.
John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death.
Gill Fraser Lee reads To Autumn as heard on Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast Show on 106.9 SFM.
The Spider and the Fly is a poem by Mary Howitt published in 1829.
The story tells of a cunning Spider who ensnares a naive Fly through the use of seduction and flattery. The poem is a cautionary tale against those who use flattery and charm to disguise their true evil intentions.
When Lewis Carroll was readying Alice’s Adventures Under Ground for publication he replaced a parody he had made of a negro minstrel song with a parody of Howitt’s poem.
The “Lobster Quadrille”, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is a parody of Howitt’s poem; it mimics the meter and rhyme scheme, and parodies the first line, but not the subject matter, of the original.
Born on 4 August 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley was the son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley. In his position as oldest male child, young Percy was beloved and admired by his sisters, his parents, and even the servants in his early reign as young lord of Field Place, the family home near Horsham, Sussex. Playful and imaginative, he devised games to play with his sisters and told ghost stories to an enrapt and willing-to-be-thrilled audience.
On Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan every Saturday morning – Jason presents Tranquil Time where a poem is read.
On 106.9 SFM every Saturday morning – Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – where he plays poetry on the radio.
Today’s poem is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star written by Jane Taylor and read by Gill Fraser Lee. Jane Taylor was an English poet and novelist. She wrote the words for the song “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”.
The poem is now known worldwide, but its authorship is generally forgotten. It was first published under the title “The Star” in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her older sister Ann (later Mrs. Gilbert).
The sisters, and their authorship of various works, have often been confused, in part because their early works were published together.