A Modern Epithalamium

A Modern Epithalamium

Although these poems originated in Roman times they enjoyed a revival in the Renaissance in the work of Spenser, John Donne, Ben Johnson…one of the finest was the 23 stanza Spenser wrote about each hour of his own wedding day. If you are looking for an anthology of...
Epithalamium: Word of the Day

Epithalamium: Word of the Day

Here’s rather an ugly word for an occasion otherwise festooned with beauty : EPITHALAMIUM. It is from the Greek, ‘epithalamios’, meaning nuptials, and is a poem or a song in honour of the bride and groom. Originally it was sung by children to a bride and groom at the...
Romantic Poetry

Romantic Poetry

People talk about a love affair as a romance, and think of a romantic gesture as an expression of modern love. Romantic poetry is pretty much equated with love poetry and for the purpose of Valentine’s Day and sentimental occasions this is probably true and...
15 Ways to a Healthy Relationship

15 Ways to a Healthy Relationship

I wonder if it’s possible to offer a prescription for a sound relationship? And on whose evidence and experience? Anyway here is something I read lately – 15 pointers to a healthy relationship. Should there be fewer? Why stop at 15? Anyway : Look after your own...