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"Reading a poem gives us a glimpse of past and future possibilities, other worlds and other lives. It makes a gift of unfamiliar words, and refreshes parts of the mind that other art forms cannot reach..." Charlotte Moore, a writer and former English teacher, has loved poetry all her life. Keen to be able to read and talk about poems with others, she set up a weekly poetry "Reading a poem gives us a glimpse of past and future possibilities, other worlds and other lives. It makes a gift of unfamiliar words, and refreshes parts of the mind that other art forms cannot reach..." Charlotte Moore, a writer and former English teacher, has loved poetry all her life. Keen to be able to read and talk about poems with others, she set up a weekly poetry club for anyone interested to join her round her fireplace. This book brings together a selection of the Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club's favourite poems, some well-known, some less so. The poems are grouped into themes - from home and lovers, to war and the planets - each framed with a little context from Charlotte and delightful insights from members of the group. The Magic Hour offers a source of lifelong pleasure and nourishment, with words to delight and console, while reminding us of moments of personal significance. It demonstrates how we can all benefit from the refreshment of poetry in our daily lives.


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"Reading a poem gives us a glimpse of past and future possibilities, other worlds and other lives. It makes a gift of unfamiliar words, and refreshes parts of the mind that other art forms cannot reach..." Charlotte Moore, a writer and former English teacher, has loved poetry all her life. Keen to be able to read and talk about poems with others, she set up a weekly poetry "Reading a poem gives us a glimpse of past and future possibilities, other worlds and other lives. It makes a gift of unfamiliar words, and refreshes parts of the mind that other art forms cannot reach..." Charlotte Moore, a writer and former English teacher, has loved poetry all her life. Keen to be able to read and talk about poems with others, she set up a weekly poetry club for anyone interested to join her round her fireplace. This book brings together a selection of the Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club's favourite poems, some well-known, some less so. The poems are grouped into themes - from home and lovers, to war and the planets - each framed with a little context from Charlotte and delightful insights from members of the group. The Magic Hour offers a source of lifelong pleasure and nourishment, with words to delight and console, while reminding us of moments of personal significance. It demonstrates how we can all benefit from the refreshment of poetry in our daily lives.

47 review for The Magic Hour: 100 Poems from the Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lucia Jane

    Quote: Bright star (by John Keats 1795-1821) Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art — Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature’s patient, sleepless eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask Of snow upon the mountains and the moors — No — yet still steadfast, still unchangeable, Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall a Quote: Bright star (by John Keats 1795-1821) Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art — Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature’s patient, sleepless eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask Of snow upon the mountains and the moors — No — yet still steadfast, still unchangeable, Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever — or else swoon to death.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    3 stars This book holds a wonderful collection of poems that cover all sorts of themes including war, the elements, parent and child, colour, lovers, landcapes and so much more. Each poem is them explained by Charlotte Moore who also tells us the responses from membrs of her Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club. Firstly I have to say that this cover is absolutely stunning. I adore the illustrations and it made me excited for the book. Unfortunately the poems didn't live up to my expectations. There were fe 3 stars This book holds a wonderful collection of poems that cover all sorts of themes including war, the elements, parent and child, colour, lovers, landcapes and so much more. Each poem is them explained by Charlotte Moore who also tells us the responses from membrs of her Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club. Firstly I have to say that this cover is absolutely stunning. I adore the illustrations and it made me excited for the book. Unfortunately the poems didn't live up to my expectations. There were few that I personally felt a connection to. Poetry is a very personal thing and so this is just my opinion. I was hoping for a more diverse collection of poetry but there wasn't any modern poems which I think was a mistake for such a modern looking book. The descriptions of the poems were overall pretty good and it was interesting to see how I had interpreted a poem compared with how Charlotte Moore does/how it's meant to be interpreted. Overall I did enjoy reading the book but wished modern poems were included to give a full picture of poetry through time. Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    A good place to start for those wishing to delve into poetry. Out of the 100 poems I liked 33. I liked how the poetry was in themed sections and also appreciated that it wasn’t just “older, more traditional English verse”.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lottie Liza

    A wonderful collection but what really makes this book special is the personal insights by Charlotte and her poetry group.

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