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Excepting the ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘Just So Stories’, I have never been much of a reader of Kipling. Three things occurred that lead me write a little on one of our most beloved poets, the first two reasons being much more of a knee jerk reaction than the third,…

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I love this poem by Elizabeth Craven. I read “I thank thee, God, that I have lived” at my grandfather’s funeral.

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Aug 1, 2015
On Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco once wrote an essay that suggests we learn through books as much as we do from real life experiences, and that literature provides us with a moral framework that stipulates what is and what is not acceptable behaviour. More crucial in regard to our learning curve however…

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I love the verse that Robert Louis Stevenson set down for himself, 14 years prior to his eventual death, to be engraved upon his headstone. It manages to say so much with so little pomp, and so few words.

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An old favourite of mine, although it does rather aggrandise the war. It is the product of an unfortunate time and my interest in it lies not with the glorification of a bloody massacre, but with the inequality that it speaks of and the author’s keen sense of helplessness….

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