Stopping by Woods

Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening always features strongly in favourite poem lists. My journey from knowing of it and vaguely knowing it, to being smitten by it, came about by courtesy of the Scottish singer-songwriter Jackie Leven. I found his beautiful setting of the poem on the album Creatures of Light and Darkness (2001), and recorded it for my own Waiting For the Word CD.

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The Cathedral Builders

Ruth and I have been enjoying Tony Robinson’s Channel 5 series Britain’s Great Cathedrals. We’re looking forward to the forthcoming episode on Canterbury. That’s where we met (at the University though, not the Cathedral itself.) The Cathedral was a favourite place to visit, and the experience was always awe-inspiring. When, later, I found this poem by John Ormond I was reminded how such staggering beauty was created by so many hard-working, skilful, ordinary blokes. I love the concluding line.

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