|Details|| ||POETRY ETCETERA
How often have I heard it said that “I could not lead a group
because I don’t have the expertise” ? I wonder how many groups
fail to get off the ground because of this reluctance? In fact, it is one of the principles of U3A that you don’t require expertise, only a keen interest and enthusiasm.
The original title for this new U3A group was Poetry and Prose. As
a lover of poetry and bearing in mind that the interest is shared by
any, I formed this group in the expectation that nearly everyone
else would know more about the subject than me. They do, and
So, what is POETRY ETCETERA all about. Well, principally, it's
poetry of course, but also about good and memorable writing of
many kinds. These might be extracts from great novels and plays,
historical documents, speeches; or a session might be devoted to
themes such as nature, historical periods; topics - humorous as well
The Oxford Book of English Verse begins with the 13th century
"Sumer is icumen in ..."; and contains nursery rhymes, hymns, satire,
parody, limericks and nonsense verse. An amusing form is the witty
Sir Christopher Wren
Said "I'm going to dine with some men.
If anybody calls
Say I'm designing St. Paul's."
Many poems are by writers in the Americas and other parts of the
English speaking world.
Some poetry of the Romantic Era could be very long, but poetry
need not be long or tedious. A number of modern writers keep it
short, yet profound. This was Adrian Mitchell’s obituary of a great
“He breathed in air, he breathed out light.
Charlie Parker was my delight.”
Finally, while we will mostly be looking at well-known writers,
individual members may like to try out their work on the rest of us.
The great Roman writer Horace (65 BC-1 CE) is encouraging:
"Skilled or unskilled, we are all poets”. In that spirit, members' own
contributions will be welcome.
Our inaugural meeting went very well with lots of lively discussion.
We meet every two weeks, next on 6 July. The initial group is full, but a second group could be formed soon!
Contact Rod Winfield > email@example.com. 01278 238583.|