Poems in Isolation
For many years now, Lympstone Entertainments has been displaying poetry on its poster boards, when there isn’t a forthcoming event to advertise. It doesn’t seem that we will have another performance to announce for some time, and so we will fill our boards with an ever-changing selection of poems in the intermission.
In addition to our posters, we started posting poems on this website when we were told to isolate ourselves. Here is one form of human contact that doesn’t breach the Government’s guidelines.
In times of crisis, we often turn to poetry. To console us, to cheer us up, to make us laugh, to relieve our boredom, to express our fears and sadness, our hopes and our happiness, our friendship and our love, of each other and the world we live in.We have the whole of world literature to choose from, and poetry is as old as civilisation itself. In 1349, the year of the Black Death, people carved poems into the stone walls of church towers. Today we are posting them on our website. In both cases they tell us, in rhythm and in rhyme, of the way things were – and of the way they are. And of how we feel, in good times and bad.
We invited you to suggest some of the poems, and have been thrilled by your enthusiastic response. If your poem hasn’t yet appeared, never fear, it will. And please keep your suggestions coming, of poems and of good song lyrics.
. With your help, we have posted a new poem or lyric every day for the last sixty days! With live performances still not possible, and no end in sight to this situation, we have decided to put up a Weekend poem instead of a daily one.
Please send your suggestions to:
The poems are listed below as pdfs, but please send your poems or lyrics as a word document.
Weekend 11 July A Mayde ther was by Stanley J.Sharpless – listen to John Betjeman reading A subaltern’s lovesong
sWeekend 4 July Poet to blacksmth by Seamus Heaney
Midweek 1 July Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
Weekend 27June The lion and Albert by Marriott Edgar – listen to Stanley Holloway
Midweek 24 June Fox by Alice Oswald
Weekend 20 June still here by Langston Huhes
Midweek 17June Recipe for a salad by Sydney Smith – do try the recipe, and send us your thoughts!
Weekend 13 June i opened a book by Julia Donaldson
Midweek 10 June Golden slumbers kiss your eyes by Thomas Dekker
Weekend 6 June I wish I knew by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas – listen to Nina Simone live in Montreux in 1976
Midweek 3 June O, Mistress mine by William Shakespeare
Sunday 31 May The Ryme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge with Introduction by Harland Walshaw
30/05 i leave this at your ear by WS Graham
29/05 The little green orchard by Walter de la Mare
28/05 Mother to son by Langstone Hughes –listen to Hughes reading his poem
27/05 Waterloo sunset listen to Ray Davies and the Kinks live in in 1970
26/05 From Porthmeor Cemetery, St Ives:Alfred Wallis’s tombstone by Jack Clemo
25/05The Horses by Ted Hughes
24/05 Overheard on a salt marsh by Harold Monro
23/05 The glory of the garden by Rudyard Kipling
22/05 The symbolism of ancient sweaters by Gwyneth Lewis
21/05 Going – poem by Ian House with linoprint by John Jones
20/05 Sonnet: to the River Otter by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
19/05 From joy’s loveliest ocean by Rabindranath Tagore
18/05 Cormorant by Ralph Rochester
17/05 Somewhere over the rainbow – sung by Judy Garland
16/05 Friendship by Micheal O’Siadhail
15/05 Poem of the one world by Mary Oliver
14/05 Salutations to a mouse by Marsden Hartley
13/05 The railway children by Seamus Heaney
12/05 I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
11/05 Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas – read by Richard Burton or Dylan Thomas
10/05 A serious poem by Roger McGough
09/05 Saturday.by Joe Richards
VEDay -75 years Everyone sang by Siegfried Sassoon
06/05 The Lympstone earthworm by Lympstonians
05/05 No man is an island by John Donne – read by Helen Mirren
04/05 The gardener by Robert Louis Stevenson
03/05 Old friends by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel – singing here
02/05 I have decided by Mary Oliver
May 1 Hares at play by John Clare
30/04 Rainbows by William Wordsworth
29/04 Silver by Walter de la Mare – listen to the poem set to music by Armstrong Gibbs with Sarah Walker and Roger Vignoles
28/04 Benediction by James Berry
27/04 April’s charms by William Henry Davies
26/04 Home thoughts from abroad by Robert Browning – close your eyes and listen to the birdsong
25/04 A poem for troubled times by Alexander McCall Smith
24/04 We shall overcome – sung here by Joan Baez
23/04 Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare – read by Juliet Stevenson
22/04 The World is too much with us by William Wordsworth
21/04 Mothers by Christina Rossetti
20/04 Hail Madam Jazz by Micheal O’Siadhail
19/04 Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas – listen to Richard Burton
18/04 Loveliest of Trees by A. E Housman
17/04 Daffodils by William Wordsworth
16/04 I remember I remember by Thomas Hood
15/04 Gus the Theatre Cat by TS Eliot read by Nigel Goodwin at Lympstone Concert 2020
14/04 The Cherry Trees by Laurence Binyon
Easter Monday Mum by Simon Ellis
Easter Sunday Easter Zunday by William Barnes
11/04 And the people stayed at home by Kitty O’Meara
Good Friday Easter Wings by George Herbert
08/04 Smiling is infectious by Spike Milligan
08/04 Moon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer- dream along with Audrey Hepburn
07/04 Considering the Snail by Thom Gunn
06/04 This the time to be slow by John O’Donoghue
05/04 i whistle a happy tune by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II – whistle merrily with Deborah Kerr
04/04 The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
03/04 The Trees by Philip Larkin
02/04 Blow the Wind Southerly – lyrics – listen to Kathleen Ferrier
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A gift from Graham Hurley
We are thrilled to announce that the crime writer Graham Hurley, who lives in Exmouth, has offered us his latest, as yet unpublished, novel, The Act of Separation, for Lympstone Entertainments’ exclusive use on our website. This means that visitors to this website can download it and read it free of charge.
“The title of this tome, fittingly enough, is Acts of Separation,” Graham says, “and is the result of a visit Lin and I made to Israel and the West Bank. Enough said. No spoilers…
Just a few years ago, Graham came to the village hall as part of Lympstone Entertainments’ Encounters with Authors series, and entertained us with a funny and revealing talk about a writer’s life, and the success of his series of DI Joe Faraday police procedural novels. “Hurley never disappoints,” said a reviewer in the Sunday Independent, “and proves his standing as one of the UK’s finest crime novelists.”
Since that visit, Graham has published a novel set in Lympstone itself, The Order of Things, in which a local GP has been found disembowelled in the bedroom of her partner, a climate scientist.
Graham tells us that he is offering his short novel “in the spirit of our current difficulties (and your magnificent track record).”
Click on the link below, but please note that, although short, this novella still occupies 196 pages, and so may take a couple of minutes to open.
We thank Graham for his magnificent gift, and hope that it will help you through the long days ahead, until the order of things is restored.