Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM GIll Fraser Lee @Ahappyflower reads a poem in our Tranquil Time section.
This morning she reads the American poet Robert Frost’s poem – Come In.
Frost is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. He’s one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century. He was honoured frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
Read by Gill Fraser Lee. Each Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM’s breakfast show, Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – where we hear a poem on the radio. Tune into www.sfmradio.com at 07:50 every Saturday morning.
The Darkling Thrush is a poem originally titled By the Century’s Deathbed, 1900, it was published on 29 December 1900 in The Graphic. A deleted ‘1899’ on the poem’s manuscript suggests that it may have been written the year before. It was later included in a collection entitled Poems of the Past and the Present (1903).
The first stanzas open with a description of the dreary, bleak winter landscape, but the melancholy tone is transformed by the bright, optimistic singing of “an aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small.” In the end, the speaker concludes that the small bird possesses “some blessed Hope, whereof he knew and I was unaware.”
John Clare was an English poet, the son of a farm labourer, who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His poetry underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century and he is often now considered to be among the most important 19th-century poets.
The poem December by John Clare is read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyflower) on Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast show on www.sfmradio.com.
The poem is read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyflower) on Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast show on www.sfmradio.com.
This is one of the most famous and enduring war poems, and it was written at an historic moment … just after the retreat from Mons and the victory of the Marne.
As to how it came to be written, Laurence Binyon, who celebrated his 70th anniversary on 10 August 1939, says: “I can’t recall the exact date beyond that it was shortly after the retreat. I was set down, out of doors, on a cliff in Polzeath, Cornwall. The stanza “They Shall Grow Not Old” was written first and dictated the rhythmical movement of the whole poem.
Robert Frost was an American poet highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. A popular and often-quoted poet, Frost was honoured frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
On Saturday morning breakfast on 106.9 SFM Gill Fraser Lee reads his poem Ghost House.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Every Saturday morning on the 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show Tranquil Time is broadcast at around 07:50 featuring poems from various poets. Today’s poem is by Robert Louis Stevenson and read by Gill Fraser Lee who tweets from @AHappyflower.
When John Betjeman’s Collected Poems came out in 1958 they made publishing history and have since sold over two and a quarter million copies.
But Betjeman was not only a poet. Through his broadcasting and journalism he opened people’s eyes to the value of the buildings and landscape around them and became Britain’s grand champion of its heritage.
On the 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show with Jason McCrossan – Tranquil Time at 07:50am is our poetry spot – a time to allow the stresses and strains of the day to wash away.
This poem is called the ‘Hunter Trials’ by John Betjeman, It is read by Matthew Ward.