Did Shakespeare go to university

To ensure his place in immortality?

Did Gray possess a PHD

When he sat in Stoke Poges cemetery?

Did Hardy feel the need to blush

At the unqualified talent of "The Darkling Thrush"

Did Kipling require an honours degree

To see his star rise permanently?

Did Masefield boast some intellectual score

To write of the sea and so much more?

In the realm of passing poetical inanity

They reflected the world and all humanity -.

Taking the gift of simply being

And moulding it into something far-seeing;

Crafting thoughts into words sublime

That stand the merciless test of time.





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M.C. Newberry

Sun 11th Oct 2020 14:02

I don't subscribe to the premise that poetry can be "taught". Like
those who can write melody in music, it is something you have
within.The acquisition of the basics of writing plus increasing
maturity, allied to an understanding of what works in communicating what you seek to convey, all serve to provide memorable proof of that in enviable action.
Thanks one and all for taking the trouble to "like" this blog. 👍

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kJ Walker

Sun 11th Oct 2020 08:09

I left school with zero qualifications not an o level or a GCSE or anything
Sorry that doesn't help in your argument, have you seen the drivel I come up with.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 10th Oct 2020 19:48

Tony, thanks for the comment.
Brian - I would never challenge the level of communication you
achieve in your writing - be it ever so 'umble!! 😉

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Brian Maryon

Sat 10th Oct 2020 19:22

Mark you've hit the nail firmly on the head. Take me for example - I don't read poetry and I don't understand all the technical side of poetry construction...yet I write absolutely brilliant stuff. I'm also an incredibly humble person.


Tony Hill

Sat 10th Oct 2020 18:21

Enjoyed the poem. The claims that Shakespeare is not the author of the plays stem in part from his lack of a university education. Tony

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