Here’s something to get you in the festive spirit.
We like to think of Interesting Literature as a library, a vast virtual library full of literary treats and unexpected delights. But if it is, it is a library with a spacious bar and plenty of drinks on offer. Previously, we’ve considered some of the most curious synonyms for ‘drunk’ in the English language, so we thought it was about time we contemplated some of the best poems about drink in English literature. We hope you like these alcoholic verses, these boozy paeans to beer – but if you have a favourite wine-soaked work of poetry we’ve missed off, please join us at the bar and leave your suggestions below…
The best sonnets by women in English The sonnet form was Italian in origin, of course, but a host of English poets have made it their own: Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats, Auden, and many besides. But what is often overlooked is what female poets have done with the form. Indeed, the first ever sonnet sequence […]
Is it better to have loved and lost? The following classic poems suggest not. In the following post, we have gathered together ten of our favourite poems about lost love, about the sad side of being in love – ranging from the Renaissance to the modern day.
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
– William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
I halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marks for my revue
Miss stakes eye kin knot sea
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong
Eye strike a quay and then a word
And weight for it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar rite
It shows me strait a weigh
Eye have run this poem threw it
I’m shore your pleased to no
Its letter perfect all the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew
My spelling chequer will make shore
My righting is not sloppy
My edit or will never no
I do knot reed my copy!