101 Poems about Childhood

As well as recently becoming an aunt; many of my friends have brought splendid little people into the world. Naturally, my first impulse has been to read up on the whole experience. So last week I checked out '101 Poems about Childhood' from my local library. While I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting … Continue reading 101 Poems about Childhood

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Things I like – Colette Nic Aodha

The following poem appeared in the 2013 Art Craftwork Higher Level and I thought it was too gorgeous to keep to myself!! It's the first time that I've read anything by this homegrown (mine - so Irish, before you all get all excited) poet, but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more from now on! … Continue reading Things I like – Colette Nic Aodha

O Level Poetry – They Walked and Talked – Uche Okeke

1974 The Crescent Moon - Uche Okeke As part of my ongoing "School Days Over" poetry project; I have been racking my brain trying to remember the names of the poems and poets that we studied for my O Levels (in Zimbabwe).    I spent so long wishing and wanting and waiting for those exams … Continue reading O Level Poetry – They Walked and Talked – Uche Okeke

Leaving Certificate Poetry – Elizabeth Bishop

The final international poet in my Leaving Certificate series - I might have saved the best till last. Elizabeth Bishop - according to my English teacher - was one of the most significant American poets EVER and one of the most distinguished poets of the 21st century. My English teacher was an awesome lady, a … Continue reading Leaving Certificate Poetry – Elizabeth Bishop

Leaving Certificate Poetry – Seamus Heaney

The final of 'our' Irish poets - Seamus Heaney - one of my favourites. In fact; excluding Yeats, he is *probably* my favourite. This might sound odd, but it's almost embarrassing to admit to being a Heaney fan these days. He is a prolific, sensitive and intelligent poet...but worst of all...he is popular. We Irish … Continue reading Leaving Certificate Poetry – Seamus Heaney

Leaving Certificate Poetry – John Keats

The second of the International poets that we studied was John Keats. Now, I'm a bit of a romantic myself, with just a touch of a maudlin streak so I settled comfortably and immersed myself in the following poems. After the tangled mess that is Longley, the dark deep undercurrents of Elizabeth Bishop and the … Continue reading Leaving Certificate Poetry – John Keats

Leaving Certificate Poetry – Michael Longley

The second (of three) Irish poets studied during my Leaving Certificate was Michael Longley. This Northern Irish poet was utterly unknown to me before my final year at school. Of all the poems we read over and over and over again; these were the ones I struggled with the most. He manages to cram so … Continue reading Leaving Certificate Poetry – Michael Longley

A Level Poetry 1… UTTER FILTH

So we'd made it. Finally we'd made it to Sixth Form. What a revelation. Not only could we wear our own clothes (which quickly esatblished itself into a uniform of black jumper, blue jeans, thong (2001, innit) and black boots), not only could we smoke!, we also got to do the sex... I remember the … Continue reading A Level Poetry 1… UTTER FILTH

Leaving Certificate Poetry – William Shakespeare

Along with Eavan Boland, we also studied 6 sonnets by the Bard. I consider myself privileged in that I have always had a very positive relationship with William Shakespeare. My parents had surprised me with comic versions of Hamlet and Macbeth as a youngling. Surprisingly, these retained the majority of the language of the originals … Continue reading Leaving Certificate Poetry – William Shakespeare

GCSE Poetry

I loved AR's memories of her Leaving Cert poetry last week, and it got me thinking about the dreaded English Lit Anthology I lugged about for the two years of my GCSEs. At the time, I wasn't the biggest poetry fan in the world-I loved talking about it in class, and finding hidden meanings within … Continue reading GCSE Poetry