I love poetry. One of my first poetry books was given to me by my father, he had had it at school. It is called Laurel and Gold Junior Anthology. I still own it and turn to it from time to time. Many years ago when I was studying at college in America I spent one semester studying poetry and learned more about it and since then I have been even more interested.
One of the poems that was in my first poetry book, and that I studied again many years later was called No! by poet Thomas Hood. He lived in London, was born in 1799 and died in 1845. At that time in London smog would have been a frequent occurrence, indeed, the fog and mist and smog was referred to as a Pea Souper, it was so thick that you could hardly see ahead of you at times. Thankfully the air quality in London is now much improved.
The other day the weather reminded me of this poem when it was wet and foggy and not at all nice. Just the sort of day for staying at home and keeping warm, so I got out my little old poetry book and had another read of Hood's words.
No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day
No sky - no earthly view
No distance looking blue -
No road - no street - no "t'other side of the way" -
No end to any Row -
No indications where the Crescents go -
No top to any steeple
No recognitions of familiar people -
No courtesies for showing 'em -
No knowing 'em!
No travelling at all - no locomotion,
No inkling of the way - no notion -
"No go" - by land or ocean -
No mail - no post -
No news from any foreign coast -
No park - no ring - no afternoon gentility -
No company - no nobility -
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,
Although I haven't captured any pictures of the fogginess that inspired my thoughts a few days ago, I have been playing with my camera taking pictures on manual! Scary huh. One of the things that I really wanted to be able to do was to focus on what I wanted to see in pictures, not what the camera decided it would focus on. I have been experimenting with raindrops on the windows especially.
These are not pictures of the fog, but they do capture the raindrops and give an essence of the weather in November I think!
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