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Poems about winter | 05-Dec-04

On Saturday 4 December our reading circle read poems about winter. If you're not feeling chilly enough already, why not get to know some of the poems we read?

'On Winter Nights' by the Lithuatnian poet Nijole Miliauskaite. This poem can be found in The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry (Vintage, 1996)

Three poems by Phyllis McGinley, an American humorist (1905-1978): 'Six Nuns in the Snow', 'Office Party' and 'All the Days of Xmas'.

'Winter and Spring' by Coventry Patmore, which can be found in Book of a Thousand Poems (Peter Bedrick Books, 1986)

Three poems by Thomas Hardy: 'January Night', 'Night in November' and 'Christmas, 1924'.

'Twenty Below' by RAD Ford, which can be found in The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English (OUP, 1982)

'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost, which can be found in many different anthologies, including The Rattle Bag (Faber and Faber, 1982)

'Snow' by Neil Corcoran

'Christmas in the Doghouse' by John Hegley, which is in Hegley's book The Family Pack (Methuen, 1997)

'Summer and Winter' by GS Fraser, which can be found in The Faber Book of Modern Verse (Faber and Faber, 1951)

'Spring' by Grace Nichols, which is in The Fat Black Woman's Poems (Virago, 1984)

'Poem in Winter' by Elizabeth Jennings, which is in her Selected Poems (Carcanet, 1979)

'Snow and Snow' by Ted Hughes, found in Hughes' collection Season Songs (Faber and Faber, 1985)

'Snow Storm' by John Clare, found in The Midsummer Cushion (1990)

'Orpingalik's Song', an Eskimo poem, English version by Edward Field, after Knud Rasmussen, found in Shaking the Pumpkin (Doubleday, 1972).

Many thanks to all the participants for sharing the poems they chose. If you would like to come to our Free Weekend Poetry Readings, you can find the details on our Events page here.

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