Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Beautiful Birds (7): Name that poetic bird!


Little Egret
(just to get you thinking 'bird'!
)

There is a bird-in-poetry quiz on the Poetry Society website. Have a look when you take a coffee break and see how you score! I found it quite difficult, though there were a few firm favourites in the nest. Can you name a favourite bird poem?

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Matt Merritt said...

I found it difficult too, but it was nice to see favourites like the Elizabeth Bishop poem and The Windhover in there. I like Skunk Hour a lot, too, although at first I was struggling to remember the bird connection.

Other favourites would be Bernard O'Donoghue's The Nuthatch, and any number of John Clare poems (Emmonsails Heath In Winter is a particular favourite of mine). Also The Seafarer, written in the 7th century, and full of such specific bird references that it's thought it was referring to the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth. Certainly the first bird poem in English, anyway.

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