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.
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.
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”, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. 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”.
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.
Poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine in 1892. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry and was also known for her feminist activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work. The poet Richard Wilbur asserted, “She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century.”
Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM Gill Fraser Lee (@Ahappyflower) reads poems in our Tranquil Time feature at around 07:50. Today Gill reads Edna’s The Snow Storm.
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.