The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake

A few weeks ago we were asked to write an essay about a poem. We were given a book of poems and had to choose one and write an essay. This is the poem and my essay. I missed the class where we briefly discussed what to include so I had to think back to […]

Squid Ink IS The Man From Snowy River

Written in 1890 by Banjo Paterson, The Man From Snowy River is iconic and makes one think of the outback and farms. It was first published on 26th April 1890 in The Bulletin. At the time of writing Australia was developing it’s own distinct character, we were still a set of independent colonies under the […]

Life at G. J. Coles – Poem

Life at G. J. Coles The buzzer rings, the panic starts, Grab cash in bags and go Throw the money in the till Get ready for the show The streaming population Start crowding through the door When you’re in the middle of Mopping up the floor You ring your little bell all day. You’re on […]

The Secret – Poem

I need to apologise to anyone who was looking forward to ‘pearls of wisdom’ from me over the last couple of days. I’ve only really got a half an excuse for yesterday. I generally write at night as I find I write better when I’m tired and last night it was challenging to concentrate on […]

Dragon Slayer (The Story of Beowulf) – Rosemary Sutcliff

Beowulf is the ultimate in adventure stories it was written somewhere between the 8th and 12th centuries. The poem itself has 3,182 lines. I had heard of Beowulf and had even been read a brief except from it by my English Literature teacher a couple of years ago, but I’d never read the whole story […]