At the first meeting of 2016 members shared their lists of 8 poems they would like to read should they ever be marooned on a desert island. Though most were from the 19th. century (shades of what we learned at school?) our choices in time ranged from ‘The Iliad’, ‘The Canterbury Tales’ and ‘The Testament of Cresseid’ (Robert Henryson d 1500) to numerous living and recently deceased poets such as Seamus Heaney and Maya Angelou.
One member confessed to having slept with Billy Collins under her pillow, while another had committed to memory ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ never to be forgotten. Our guest that afternoon read AP Herbert’s amusing ‘At The Theatre’ and an absent member who had recently become a grandparent sent in the appropriate ‘Preface To The Past’ by Ogden Nash. European poets were represented by Miroslav Holub’s ‘The Door’ and Robert Frost was a notable American mentioned several times. A poem by Ted Walters was read as representing SPC writers in their own right.
By far the most mentioned were sonnets by Shakespeare. Ruth will make a fuller analysis of what turned out to be fascinating choices.