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Emily Dickinson

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D recorded on the 25th of June 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

Emily Dickinson is considered to be one of the greatest poets to emerge from the USA. It wasn’t until after her death in 1886, when over 1800 of her poems were discovered, that her real genius came to prominence. On this show we read and discuss her poem Summer Showers and look into why she still has an influence in the study and development of poetry.

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Summer Shower

A drop fell on the apple tree,

Another on the roof;

A half a dozen kissed the eaves,

And made the gables laugh.

 

A few went out to help the brook,

That went to help the sea.

Myself conjectured, Were they pearls,

What necklaces could be!

 

The dust replaced in hoisted roads,

The birds jocoser sung;

The sunshine threw his hat away,

The orchards spangles hung.

 

The breezes brought dejected lutes,

And bathed them in the glee;

The East put out a single flag,

And signed the fete away.

 

Emily Dickinson.

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Send in the Clowns

 

clownsIllustration Credit: Ben Smith

The World Clown Association is up in arms.

A recent outbreak of anti-social behaviour, in various countries, by people dressed as clowns is tarnishing their professional image. (This doesn’t include the ones in the British Parliament, or over in the USA, currently involved in the Clinton / Trump Circus.)

These outbreaks are worrying me. I have always held a close affection for clowns. It stems from my childhood days watching them running around the circus throwing buckets of confetti at unsuspecting audiences.

Clowns first appeared in the Fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt and, through time, have provided much material for writers and poets. Fool characters named Clown appear in Shakespeare’s Othello and A Winter’s Tale. Dame Edith Sitwell’s, Clown Houses and Vachel Lindsay’s, The Angel and the Clown, are famous examples of poetry with clowns as the focus. Perhaps the most famous Clown poem is,  A Clown’s Prayer, the writer unknown.

“As I stumble through this life,
Help me to create more laughter than tears,
Dispense more happiness than gloom,
Spread more cheer than despair.

Never let me become so indifferent,
That I will fail to see the wonder