Hosted by: Margaret Garside, Ida Kramer
Review written by: Ida Kramer
Thursday 28 July’s Poetry in Literature was a happy occasion as we welcomed both regular and several new members, who contributed freely to the session.
We covered a wide variety of verse spanning years, countries, moods and the work of different poets. We delved into Omar Khayyam and Rabindranath Tagore, from Eastern literature, up to and including Aboriginal poetry written more recently. An even more modern poem was one written by James Fitzpatrick who worked at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
We shared Australian bush poetry, evoking the feelings and sights of the outback, along with several amusing and well-remembered verses from our school days.
One member shared her own writing, “Imagine”, that we all enjoyed and hopefully will encourage us to bring our own contributions to future sessions. A 1914-1918 war poem by Wilfred Owen, “Anthem of Doomed Youth”, evoked a sombre note while Pam Ayres’ “Forty Shades of Green” had us laughing. Some pieces were beautifully recited from memory, with a little bit of help from the rest of us. We all wanted to join in Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussy Cat”, being such a well-known favourite.
Other contributions came from W B Yeats’ “The Ballad of Father Gilligan”; John Betjeman, Poet Laureate; and Bill Neidjie, the Kakadu Aboriginal author.
The final twenty minutes was opened to discussion, and this was perhaps the most interesting part of the meeting, opening up varied views, freely expressed. A warm thanks to all those who made our poetry day so enjoyable.