Continuing the Spring poetry theme, I do like this poem by A E Housman.
Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
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On the topic of children's books, The Guardian reports that
a clash of titans in one section of the world's leading children's book prizes was offset yesterday by an invasion of relatively ungarlanded talent in the other.
Four out of five names in the shortlist for the Carnegie medal have won the award before. But none of the eight finalists for the £5,000 Kate Greenaway illustrators medal have held it previously.
The awards - uniquely, administered and judged by librarians - are more internationally respected than any others for the age group. The Carnegie, which was founded 69 years ago and carries no prize money, has been won in the past by authors ranging from Eleanor Farjeon to Noel Streatfield and C S Lewis.
Apparently The Guardian's John Ezard doesn't know that whilst Eleanor Farjeon's name is pronounced "Farjohn", it's not actually spelt that way, but then, this is the paper that was so famous for its typos that it's still referred to by many people as The Grauniad ! However that's another matter. The full details about the two awards shortlists are in the report linked above.