Tuesday’s answers + correction

October 6, 2009

Monday’s questions were:

1. Who said, “Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different”?

2. Who wrote Agnes the Sheep?

3. What is the most common meter in English poetry.

4. Which river ruled Mona Anderson’s life?

5. What did the Magpies say in Denis Glover’s poem?

In case you’re wondering, I had New Zealand Book Month in mind when setting the questions.

Paul Tremewan regains the winner’s crown with a clean sweep, bonuses for extra info and another point for the poem.

Gravedodger got 3 and bonuses for extra info and another for honesty and Paul L got 1.

CORRECTION:

I overlooked pdm’s valient effort – 1 point and a bonus for being first with iambic pentameter, another bonus for humour in answering 5 and another to compensate for being overlooked, and another bonus because he’s either overseas or just got back which means he’s coping with distance or jet lag – gosh he almost won 🙂

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Monday’s quiz

October 5, 2009

1. Who said, “Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different”?

2. Who wrote Agnes the Sheep?

3. What is the most common meter in English poetry.

4. Which river ruled Mona Anderson’s life?

5. What did the Magpies say in Denis Glover’s poem?


Skin Tight

September 2, 2009

From the opening minutes when Tom and Elizabeth ran on to the stage and started fighting, to the final moment when they left, hand in hand, Skin Tight held me spellbound.

I laughed, I gasped, I sighed, I cried.

The play is set in rural South Canterbury. Tom and Elizabeth remember their childhoods, the war – he in Egypt, she left at home – his return, their move to the farm and their life there. The story was compelling, the characters real.

Sia Trokenheim and Matt Hudson held my attention for every second of the hour they were on stage. Jim Henderson’s appearance was brief but moving.

Gary Henderson’s play was inspired by Denis Glover’s poem The Magpies, It is funny and sad, entertaining and enthralling.

Skin Tight was directed by Jon Pheloung and performed in the Oamaru Opera House in association with the Court Theatre and Arts on Tour NZ.

If you have an opportunity to see it, grab it.

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All Of These

October 31, 2008

This Friday’s poem is All Of These by Denis Glover from Enter Without Knocking published by Pegasus Press in 1971.

 

                   All Of These

 

Consider, praise, remember all of these –

 

All, blueprints in hand, who slowly river

The intricate structure, handle, girders like feathers,

take the inert and formless cement, give it

meaning, rearing new alls against weather;

 

these, guiding surely the sky-swung cargo bales

yawning over black hold; against all gales

they steady with merchandise the rolling mast,

pack tightly the walls of a ship, storm-fast;

 

these, building together the parts of an engine,

till revolutions, sweetly tension-strung,

instantly answer as control sends in

message to metal, giving lovely tongue;

 

these whose laboured cunning plough

carves deeply the sweep of the hill’s brow;

now with horses clumsily swinging anew

they’ve creamed over the black earth, arrow-true;

 

hands, timber-tried, that round the vessel’s bow

to take the wave, know prematurely how

the unsalted hull will lift to breaking seas –

consider, praise, remember all of these.

 

Their easy partnership of hand and eye

divides them not; life they identify

with effortless use of tools, lovely, articulate,

striking clear purpose into the inanimate.

 

              Denis Glover –


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