• 28 August 2014

    WORDSWORTH was an enthusiastic traveller in Scotland, even managing to write a poem about a place he didn't intend to visit (he righted the omission on another trip north 11 years later).

  • 27 August 2014

    THESE stirring lines by Tennyson were put to music most effectively by Benjamin Britten in his Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Orchestra.

  • 26 August 2014

    THE Scottish singer Jean Redpath, who has died in the USA at the age of 77, was a renowned interpreter of Burns songs, often singing unaccompanied but also collaborating with the Californian composer Serge Hovey on instrumental settings of the poet's original melodies.

  • 25 August 2014

    SHOULD this be interpreted as the poet chatting with his future wife?

  • 23 August 2014

    FROM the astronomical reflections of yesterday to the very down-to-earth, Thomas Hardy projects himself into the imagined thought-world of pheasant and grouse.

  • 22 August 2014

    To counteract recent sightings of an apparently oversized moon, here is Thomas Hardy viewing a lunar eclipse.

  • 21 August 2014

    A totally different slant on climbing from yesterday's version by Norman MacCaig.

  • 20 August 2014

    Norman MacCaig describes a mountain scramble in bad weather with his usual perception and wit.