A Morning Song

By D E P Dennis If you get up early and go into the marshes You can see the dew on the creatures of the dawn Watch reed stems tremble in the softest of breezes Let your heart sing praises to that bright summer morn.   Back in the old world there’s fighting and bloodshed But here in the marshes sleeps peace, like a fawn. Watch the cob guarding a clutch of new cygnets Killing and gentleness – why your heart’s torn.   Who are we really, just beasts of the forest? Killers who prey on the weak and forlorn…

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Dante comes to Hastings

THE PRE-RAPHAELITES By David E P Dennis Many people know the story of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who signed themselves cryptically as PRB. They were not Cambridge Apostle spies, but artists who wanted to break the dreary mould of English Art. The founders of the art movement were Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and John Everett Millais. Hunt was born in 1827, Rossetti in 1828, and Millais in 1829, so it is easy to see how they could share the same views. Hunt was staid, quiet and not as talented as the other two. He was born into a humble home,…

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A world unfinished

ASPECTS OF LITERATURE By David E P Dennis Introduction When you write a book – fact or fiction – you are making a world. You are a creator. You have an idea, you develop it, write it, check it and get it printed. Your world for now, is complete. Allegorically or metaphorically to the Western Mind – God made the world in six days and on the seventh He rested. It takes much longer to write a book. However, when you compare the number of authors/writers who have started a book but not finished, with the number of those brave…

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R is for Romance

We have already explored the idea that the English language came in part from Latin, when the Romans arrived on these islands.  We also looked at the other influences on English, which has given us the mixture that we have today.  Those other influences means that English does not join the group of languages described as Romance languages. The Romance languages are the modern languages derived from spoken Latin, between the sixth and the ninth centuries.  The five most widely spoken Romance languages are: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian with a total of around 780 million people speaking them worldwide. That’s quite a few people! Just…

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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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