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via MONDAY MOTIVATION: Victory This poem was read by Michael Holding before the cricket ICC final. Very appropriate. Advertisements

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Macbeth ~ expression of despair

Faced with the encroaching combined forces of Scotland and England, Macbeth gives way to despair in his nihilistic speech:   I have lived long enough. My way of life Is fallen into the sear,the yellow leaf, And that which should … Continue reading

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AQA Poetry Frequently students tell me that they find poetry difficult to understand, and I think that this difficulty arises from the fact that it is an unfamiliar medium for them. I assure you that the more you acquaint yourself … Continue reading

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Behind, in front, above, there’s no way out, Contempt and mockery unleash my fears: Fingers of mist and menace point and jeer The fog surrounds and masks my blinding tears.   Once more the shaft of fear, of icy dread, … Continue reading

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A Bundle of Sticks ~ now published

At last my memoir has been published and is selling well.  It is good that my American friends and relatives have received it so favourably, and it is selling equally well on and  It’s great that people are … Continue reading

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English Enigmas

Help with English? I am happy to answer any queries regarding grammar, punctuation, style…or anything else you might find tricky. I know that so much that is found on-line is inaccurate, but will give you the experience of years of … Continue reading

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Yesterday I went to Bournemouth on the train.  I craved a glimpse of the sea and the chance to battle against the waves.  I also needed somewhere natural and untamed to think. I arrived at Bournemouth Station feeling hot and … Continue reading

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