Category Archives: Poetry

POEM: Mary Howitt – The Spider and The Fly

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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.

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POEM: Silly Old Baboon by Spike Milligan

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Every Saturday morning at around 07:50 on www.sfmradio.com on 106.9 SFM in Sittingbourne & Swale Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – poetry on the radio.

This week it was Silly Old Baboon by Spike Milligan.

For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk

POEM: Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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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.

POEM: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Taylor

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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).

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The sisters, and their authorship of various works, have often been confused, in part because their early works were published together.

POEM Robert Louis Stevenson – Foreign Lands

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Every Saturday morning on the 106.9 SM breakfast show – we present tranquil time — poetry on the radio.

This morning Gill Fraser Lee, who tweets from @AHappyflower reads from Robert Louis Stevenson – Foreign Lands.

Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg read by Pam Ayres

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Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber’s mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children’s writers. He has published over 100 children’s books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award-winning picture books as Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Christmas Postman – both winners of the Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction for older readers. The Telegraph described him as ‘By far our best writer for the young.’

On 106.9 SFM every Saturday morning at around 08:50pm – Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – poetry on the radio.

POEM: A. A. Milne – HALFWAY DOWN

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Alan Alexander Milne A. A. Milne was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children’s poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work.

Gill Fraser Lee reads his poem Halfway down – which was broadcast on Jason’s Saturday morning breakfast show on 106.9 SFM.

POEM: At The Last Watch by Rabindranath Tagore

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Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”,[3] he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.[4] In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal.

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM’s Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan – Gill Fraser Lee reads poems in Tranquil Time – poetry on the radio today. Today she reads Rabindranath’s poem “At The Last Watch”.

POEM I Do Not Love Thee by Caroline Norton

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Caroline Norton was born in London on 22 March 1808 into a grand but impoverished family. She was the granddaughter of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Her father died when she was eight years old, leaving the family with serious financial problems. She found solace from her unhappy to George Norton, who was Tory member of parliament for Guildford, in her writing and the publication of her verses ‘The Sorrows of Rosalie’ (1829) and ‘The Undying One’ (1830) resulted in her appointment as editor of ‘La Belle Assemblée’ and ‘Court Magazine’.

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM (www.sfmradio.com) at around 07:50 it’s tranquil time – where poetry is read out on the radio. Today Gill Fraser Lee reads I Do Not Love Thee by Caroline Norton.

POEM: The Journey by Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver is an American poet who was born in Maple Heights, Ohio, a semi-rural suburb of Cleveland.

Her first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963, when she was 28. She has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as “far and away, [America’s] best-selling poet”

Every Saturday morning at around 07:50 on 106.9 SFM – Gill Fraser Lee (@Ahappyflower) reads poems in our Tranquil Time spot. Today’s poem is by Mary Oliver and is called The Journey