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.
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.
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.
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.
William Wordsworth was born in April 1770. He was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads. He died in April 1850 aged 80.
Gill Fraser Lee reads his poem A Parsonage in Oxfordshire on Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM.