Robbie Cheadle reads! Poetry Treasures 2: RelationshipsPosted: April 26, 2022
Hello! We’re all over at the “ShiftNShake” blog for Day 2 of the WordCrafter Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships Book Blog Tour, with a guest post and 3 readings from contributing author and poet Robbie Cheadle. Thanks to D. Avery for hosting today. I do hope you’ll join us in celebrating the release of the Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships anthology.
Why I enjoy poetry anthologies
By Robbie Cheadle
I have always enjoyed reading poetry. My love started with nursery rhymes which I read repeatedly when I was a child. I had some personal favourites including The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly, and Who Killed Cock Robin. My enjoyment of nursery rhymes developed rather naturally into a delight in poetry.
When I was at school, we were made to learn certain poems off by heart. This was required for both English, my first language, and Afrikaans, my secondary language.
Astonishingly, some of the poems I learned impacted me so much, I can still recite them. Do you recognise these lines?
“When you hear it languishing
and hooing and cooing, and sidling through the front teeth,
the Oxford voice
or worse still
the would-be Oxford voice
you don’t even laugh any more, you can’t.”
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