‘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.
Edith Wharton was an American novelist who published thirty-eight books, including that great love story, “Ethan Frome.” The young author wrote her first efforts on brown paper salvaged from parcels. She was not encouraged. “In the eyes of our provincial society,” she was later to say, “authorship was still regarded as something between a black art and a form of manual labor.” Each was equally despised in her social level. Her first acceptance was three poems which she sent to the editor with her calling card attached.
Gill Fraser Lee read the poem for Jason McCrossan’s breakfast show on 106.9 SFM.
Sara Teasdale was born in 1884 and had such poor health for so much of her childhood, she was home schooled until age 9.
Sara’s first poem was published in Reedy’s Mirror, a local newspaper, in 1907. Her first collection of poems, Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems, was published that same year. In 1918 she won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1917 poetry collection Love Songs.
Gill Fraser Lee reads her poem May – broadcast on Jason McCrossan’s breakfast show on 106.9 SFM.
Spike Milligan’s brand of humour has graced every facet of the entertainment industry. His restless genius generated over 80 books, films and programmes for television and radio, including, of course, the infamous GOON SHOW.
On Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast show on 106.9 SFM – at 07:50 we do Tranquil Time – where we play poetry on the radio.
Jabberwocky is a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll and included in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book tells of Alice’s adventures within the back-to-front world of a looking glass.
In an early scene in which she first encounters the chess piece characters White King and White Queen, Alice finds a book written in a seemingly unintelligible language. Realising that she is travelling through an inverted world, she recognises that the verses on the pages are written in mirror-writing. She holds a mirror to one of the poems, and reads the reflected verse of “Jabberwocky”. She finds the nonsense verse as puzzling as the odd land she has passed into, later revealed as a
On 106.9 SFM‘s Saturday Breakfast we do tranquil time where we play poetry on the radio.