poetry please! I have just received this

message from the good people at Radio 4:

"I just wanted to let you know that we'll be featuring the poem that you requested – 'St Agnes Eve' by John Keats- in Poetry Please on Sunday 18th January at 4.30pm on Radio 4. Apologies for the short notice. The programme will be repeated on Saturday 24th January at 11.30pm and is available via listen again on the Radio 4 website."

thinking about it, I have to cast my mind back to a long long time ago now, when I lived in The Village and
.
and


and

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

perhaps I won't go there. . .

suffice it to say that "everything comes to those who wait" (well, somethings do: poetry, seemingly, in this case) - I put in this request more than two years ago (but can still remember making it)

quite suitable for the weather, wouldn't you say:
.
St. Agnes' Eve - Ah, bitter chill it was!
The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass,
And silent was the flock in woolly fold. . .
.
KEATS

18 comments:

Rimshot said...

"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."
~ D.H. Lawrence

I, Like The View said...

he obviously never set eyes on a cat. . .

KAZ said...

More than 2 years?
How strange.

Rimshot said...

cats don't count, they're just tiny demons come to Earth.

I, Like The View said...

Shot cat's do so count!

KAZ it might even be three - I knew the delightful Sir Roger from The Village and can remember seeing the Poetry Please request slips in one of the coffee shops, filling it in (probably on a really really cold day like today) and handing it to his wife (who I also knew) - had totally forgotten, as it was so long ago, until they emailed me this morning

now I have to work out how to find Radio 4 on my new stereo thingy. . .

katherine. said...

do NOT discount the demons

katherine. said...

although it is kinda cool that you request has resurfaced after all of this time...

Vicus Scurra said...

Isn't that the one where someone throws their goolies on someone's breast?
Filth.

Rimshot said...

"goolies"?

And I know for a fact that cats don't count. Their tiny brains can't grasp the concept of numbers, particularly zero or fractions.

Vicus Scurra said...

Yes, goolies. About 25 verses in. Although I doubt whether anybody ever gets that far.

Steg said...

I was required to "study" selected poems of Mr Keats for A-level, including this one. Despite that, i still quite enjoy them.

I, Like The View said...

what are you like? I pop out for a couple of hours and come back to talk of breasts

sorry Steg, I don't mean you. . .

I studied it in the third or fourth year, not for 'O'-level

can only recite the first four lines tho. . .

katherine are you a cat or a dog person or a no pet person?

Vicus Scurra said...

EXCUSE ME!
It was Keats who was the original titman, and fixated by breasts. NOT ME!
And you were the one who started writing about him.
So please be careful where you lay the blame.

I, Like The View said...

dear sweet Vicus please don't fret! I can assure you, indeed I think I already have, that noone is blaming anyone for anything. . .

no blame, no shame

and what's wrong with talking about breasts anyhow? (I didn't complain, did I, just pointed it out) that's not filth

filth is what happens when you roll around in the mud and don't go for a shower afterwards

or something similar

katherine. said...

<---ignoring the discussion of breastage

I am a dog person. Not little yappy lappy dogs...no offense to anyone, and not stupid dogs either.

Although my younger sister and BOTH my daughters have a love affair with the feline...so there has always been a least one underfoot.

I should post about the time we had thirteen kittens.

holey moley.

I, Like The View said...

we have had twenty two cats during the short life of Mini-Teen. . . XCH and I had five before that. . .

what sort of dog then? please don't say labradoodle. . . for some reason I can't take them seriously

mig said...

Wow! What long memories these radio people have! They must live in a different time scale to the rest of us :)

Dogs and cats are just nice to have around as long as they behave :) And when they don't they make good after-dinner and over-coffee stories.

I, Like The View said...

I know you like your animals Mig - and I always enjoy the photos

one little piece of paper must have been very very carefully filed - unless they have a list which is about two or three years' worth of requests long!