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Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen

Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen was killed in action on 4 November 1918 during the crossing of the Sambre–Oise Canal, exactly one week (almost to the hour) before the signing of the Armistice which ended the war. He was 25. His mother received the telegram informing her of his death on Armistice Day, as the church bells in Shrewsbury were ringing out in celebration. Owen is buried at Ors Communal Cemetery, Ors, in northern France. The inscription on his gravestone, chosen by his mother Susan, is based on…

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Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace ****

Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace ****

“a world where all human beings are taken care of shouldn’t be called a “revolutionary” way of life & yet it is. –burn” “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.” A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. The princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author…

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Poetry Friday: Sonnet 141- William Shakespeare/Katarina Stratford

Poetry Friday: Sonnet 141- William Shakespeare/Katarina Stratford

It’s been a while since I last watched 10 things I hate about you. I honestly can’t remember when I watched it last. It’s one of those movies when I see it’s on tv, I always watch it. Any opportunity to watch Heath Ledger… Recently, a lot of actors I love have passed away. The latest of which was John Hurt. Heath Ledger’s death was the first celebrity death that really touched me. I can still see myself sitting on…

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Poetry Friday: Hope is the thing with feathers – Emily Dickinson

Poetry Friday: Hope is the thing with feathers – Emily Dickinson

I’ve been looking at the world and what I’ve seen hasn’t been pretty. Conflicts remain unresolved, new ones arise. But I’ve also seen people who stand up for what they believe is right and that gives me hope. Hope that one day, I’ll wake up and I won’t have to feel sad whenever I listen to the news. Hope that my children will have a decent world to live in. So thank you, to everyone who’s been raising their voice,…

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Poetry Friday: All that is gold does not glitter – JRR Tolkien

Poetry Friday: All that is gold does not glitter – JRR Tolkien

It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that this poem is part of The Lord of The Rings, as in, it’s actually in the book. I had heard “Not all those who wander are lost” about a million times before and I wanted to know where it came from. I dived into the internet and ended up at my own bookshelf where I have the LOTR trilogy lying, unread, unfortunately. It made me wonder if a lot of…

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Poetry Friday: Als je geen contact meer hebt met de dingen – Peter Verhelst

Poetry Friday: Als je geen contact meer hebt met de dingen – Peter Verhelst

Today was National Poetry Day here in Flanders and The Netherlands and every year there’s a competition called the “Herman Deconinck prijs”. It’s a competition for the best poetry collection and best debut. Alongside it, the public can vote for their favourite poem. (There are six poems you can choose from) and the winning poem is printed as a poster and handed out for free in bookshops on National Poetry Day. Isn’t that amazing? Hundreds of people go out to…

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Poetry Friday: The Poison Tree  – William Blake

Poetry Friday: The Poison Tree  – William Blake

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to let go of my anger more. I’m extremely good at letting my frustration build up until I explode. When I do explode, it’s mostly around my husband which is completely unfair. So I’m trying to let it go. (Cue Frozen soundtrack) It’s weird how I have to ‘learn’ to be positive again, both in general and about myself. Sometimes you just get used to a certain state of mind, it’s hard to…

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Poetry Friday: Dust of Snow – Robert Frost

Poetry Friday: Dust of Snow – Robert Frost

Every year, I find it harder and harder to get myself in the holiday mood. I’m not sure why. I love when everything is ‘gezellig’ (there’s no English word so Dutch will have to do) but Christmas is here and I’m not feeling festive. Maybe an afternoon of making desserts will remedy that. (We celebrate Christmas Eve at my husband’s parents and I always bake something, I’m thinking apple crumble this year..) This Christmas will be the first without my…

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Poetry Friday: O Captain! My Captain! – Walt Whitman

Poetry Friday: O Captain! My Captain! – Walt Whitman

This is another one of those poems I’ve known for years but that I don’t actually KNOW. I was just reading up on it and the meaning behind it is spectacular, but more on that later. How did I come across this poem? Well.. I’m tearing up just thinking about it. I loved Dead Poets Society and I loved Robin Williams. (I haven’t read the book yet and it was published in the same year I was born so I…

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Poetry Friday: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud – William Wordsworth

Poetry Friday: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud – William Wordsworth

Maybe you saw the book review I posted on Tuesday. It was for ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed. While reading it, I kept thinking back to a great holiday I went on four years ago. My husband and I were childless (I was two months pregnant with our daughter) and we decided to go walking in the Lake District. Well, I can tell you… It’s one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. I loved every second of it. This…

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