Activities | Poetry Reading

A Poem Shared

There are a dozen or so of us. At each meeting, everybody has a chance to bring along poems they like, read them out, and talk about them. Usually there's a theme. This is a good way to discover poets you've never heard of, and to share your love of poetry with people who get what you're talking about.

Poetry Analyser

This is where we subject Auden to withering criticism, wonder if he copied the sound of the waves from Dover Beach, ask if anybody knows what this line means, and decide whether Ted or Sylvia was the better poet. We also argue about whether poems need to rhyme.

Essential Information
Group Leader - Anne Armstrong
Email -
When - Monthly on 2nd Thursday - 11:15am-12:15pm
Where - Lanark Library, Hope St
Cost - None
Requirements - None

From the Bard
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.

Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!

Poetry for mental stimulation

Poetry is pictures in the mind. Poetry fires the imagination, gladdens the soul and takes you to far away places. As for the value of poetry: it's word play and it's mystery and it's beautiful and often challenging--depending on the poem, the poet and the circumstance and state of mind of the reader.

Group Leader's comments

"Recently we've chosen to discuss poems by former poets laureate, by Liverpool poets, poems about islands, water and food, Scots poems, sonnets, funny poems, concrete poems, poems with special effects, we've had poems that have inspired music (Betjeman, Edwin Morgan), we've sung (Oor Hamlet by Adam McNaughton), we've celebrated Remembrance Day with poems about remembering, and National Poetry Day with poems and scones. Come and share your favourites with us."