Poems for the Earth

Poetry and nature. An occasional blog by Paul O’Prey

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins ‘The Caged Skylark’

The name of our press is inspired by the opening lines of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s sonnet, ‘The Caged Skylark’: As a dare-gale skylark scanted in a dull cage Man’s mounting spirit in his bone-house, mean house, dwells – That bird beyond the remembering his free fells; This in drudgery, day-labouring-out life’s age. In Victorian Britain, […]

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Auguries of Innocence William Blake

Auguries of Innocence

Listen to ‘Auguries of Innocence’ by William Blake, read by Paul O’Prey: Reading the opening lines of Blake’s great invocation to see and cherish the whole universe as a single, living being, I find myself thinking of Robert Macfarlane’s timely reminder, that ‘wonder is an essential survival skill for the Anthropocene’. Blake is the master

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halcyon days poetry

Halcyon Days

By my reckoning of the calendar, Storm Bella, which shook the British Isles with hundred mile an hour winds on 27 December, was right on schedule, or perhaps a day early. Halcyon Days traditionally run for seven days either side of the Winter Solstice, a period of calm decreed by ancient gods to allow kingfishers

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