Six Poems about Fathers That Aren’t Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”

Before I say anything else, let me make it clear that this post’s headline does NOT mean that I think there is anything wrong with “Those Winter Sundays.” On the contrary, Hayden was a genius and that poem is one of the greats. And because it’s so great, it’s starting to become over-familiar. For this list, I wanted to branch out into a few less famous poems, and highlight some modern work that I think is interesting along the way. Sounds OK? Good, let’s begin.

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Poems for Valentine’s Day

Regardless of how you feel about the holiday in general, I hope that you won’t mind looking over some rather incredible poems on the subject of love.

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“Christmas Eve” by Christina Rossetti

Hello, all. I’m sure you’re super busy this week. I am too. That’s why I’m just dropping in to say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and please read this poem. Christina Rossetti is always great, of course, but I’ve especially been enjoying her Advent poems lately. “Christmas Eve” by Christina Rossetti Christmas hath a darknessContinue reading ““Christmas Eve” by Christina Rossetti”

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Poems for Valentine’s Day

Around this time last year, I published a list of 10 of my favorite love poems. That post got such a good response from you guys that I decided I’d do another list this year. Without my really planning it that way, last year’s list skewed a little more heavily toward older poetry, whereas thisContinue reading “Poems for Valentine’s Day”

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Poem: “The House of Christmas”

Merry Christmas, all you darling people. “The House of Christmas” by G. K. Chesterton There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All men are at home. The crazy stable close at hand, With shaking timber and shifting sand, Grew a stronger thing to abideContinue reading “Poem: “The House of Christmas””

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Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Read by Neil Gaiman

As Christmas looms nearer still, I thought I’d dig up this old gem. This time last year, Neil Gaiman was asked to give a reading of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the New York City Public Library, using the selfsame manuscript from which Dickens himself gave readings back when. Below is a recording of thatContinue reading “Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Read by Neil Gaiman”

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Poem of the Week: “Good Friday in My Heart”

“Good Friday in My Heart” by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge Good Friday in my heart! Fear and affright! My thoughts are the Disciples when they fled, My words the words that priest and soldier said, My deed the spear to desecrate the dead. And day, Thy death therein, is changed to night. Then Easter in myContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Good Friday in My Heart””

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“A Voice, a Chime, a Chant Sublime”

If you don’t have presents to wrap/buy or lights to string right now, I thought I’d show you this little poem someone wrote about Christmas many years ago. It’s “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It’s been a favorite of mine for a while just because the words are so beautiful (the title of thisContinue reading ““A Voice, a Chime, a Chant Sublime””

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Poem of the Week: “Love Came Down at Christmas”

“Love Came Down at Christmas” by Christina Rossetti Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign. Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, love divine; Worship we our Jesus: But wherewith for sacred sign? Love shall be our token, Love shall be yoursContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Love Came Down at Christmas””

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Because It’s the Fourth

Happy Independence Day, all you lovely readers! (Unless you live in India, England, Romania, or a plethora of other countries, in which case, happy Friday.) I tried to embed the below video from the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy on the page, but WordPress isn’t cooperating. In that case, here’s the link: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/238963/Yankee-Doodle-Dandy-Movie-Clip–Yankee-Doodle-Boy.html  

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Red, White, and Blue Reading

With the 4th just around the corner, I’ve made up a list of my favorite patriotic books. So when you are sitting in your car on Friday waiting for the fireworks to start, flashlight in hand, you’ll have something to kill the time. 😉 4: John Adams by David McCullough John Adams gets no respect.Continue reading “Red, White, and Blue Reading”

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