A Poem for Every Night of the Year

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One of my clever sons bought me this book for Christmas. I flicked through the index. I found a list of memories and new poems to explore.

8th January The more it SNOWS (tiddley-pom) – A.A. Milne

The idea for this poem is Winnie the Pooh’s, waiting for piglet to answer the door. My affection for Pooh and his friends is unwaning, the feel and smell of the faded blue and white paperbacks will stay with me forever. Pooh and Piglet and friends kept me company through much of my childhood.

5th February On the Ning Nag Nong – Spike Milligan

Wonderful nonsense poem.

12th March from The Lady of Shalott – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘On either side the river lie, Long fields of barley and of rye…’ Transports you away to another world.

1st April Jabberwocky – Lewis Carroll

So good, I remembered the first verse by heart.

22 May Jim, who Ran away from his Nurse and was Eaten by a Lion – Hilaire Belloc

I loved these poems as a child, remember most of ‘Matilda’ but forgot how good this one was!

25th June Simbleshanks: The Railway Cat – T S Eliot

I learned ‘McCavity’ at school so this is a new discovery for me.

 

Join me later in the year for another list of happy poetic memories.

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