Perfect poetry

For lovers of beautiful words we are using our P to celebrate beautiful poetry.  Read and enjoy… Hope   There is always a bright light you need to look to find it no-one is going to knock at your door tell you where it is it is there, glowing perhaps over a hill, radiant against the evening dull in the eye-speck of a swan sea-shine on a mussel shell call of a corncrake.   Hope is. It is so large that it encompasses all.   All your forthright fears cannot erode its brilliant surface.   Be like a monk and look…

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Oh, crikey – we’re Overdue!

Oh dear – we are overdue because, of course yesterday was due to be O on our alphabet journey. So, let’s catch up with ourselves by looking a few obscure words beginning with O… How about – obeah – a kind of sorcery practised especially in the Caribbean or a suitable description of our weather lately… obnubilate – to darken or cover with, as if with a cloud or an alternative to the very alphabet we are playing with on this journey… ogham – an ancient British and Irish alphabet, consisting of twenty characters, formed by parallel strokes on either side of or across a continuous line Here’s a good challenge – send us a message…

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N is for Novel, of course

It stands to reason that we should choose novel for the N of our alphabet journey. The OED definition of a novel is interesting: a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action, with some degree of realism But, in fact, if we look at the derivation of the word we discover it can be traced back to Middle English (and Latin, of course) and where it meant a novelty or a piece of news. How many of our novels represent a novelty?  Do you struggle to find something truly novel on bookshop bookshelves?  And what is the news that our novels bring us? Is that the realism that the…

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We are in the Middle

OK, we have arrived in the middle of our alphabet journey, with M. Although we might be in the middle of our alphabet, we are nearing the end of 2015, with just two weeks to go. Perhaps now it’s time to reflect on all the marvellous, mischievous, madcap, magical mishaps that have made up your year. Want to share any of them?! While you’re thinking, let’s have fun with some M words… I’m a little Magpie Mostly Minor Me   Muddle is my Middle name Mistress Muddle Me

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Language and literature

As we are all about words, then we can’t pass L on our alphabet journey without pausing to think about language and literature. It would seem that one of the trickiest questions to answer for scientists is ‘When did language first occur?’  Looking through any internet searches you will find scores of theories, spanning centuries, with linguists, anthropologists, sociologists, and archaeologists all throwing their hat into the ring, so to speak.  Was it inevitable that mankind should develop speech?  Plenty to read up about if you are inclined.

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