Kevin Morris celebrates the publication of his latest poetry collection, My Old Clock I Wind with a guest post on Annette Rochelle Aben’s outstanding blog. Kevin discusses nostalgia and its presence in some of our finest poetry of our time. A very important emotion to explore.
Nostalgia (a yearning for a golden, bygone age) is present, to a greater or lesser degree in all of us. This hankering for the past runs through much poetry and is beautifully expressed by A. E Housman in his “A Shropshire Lad”:
“INTO my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again”.
In the above lines, Housman evokes a happy childhood. The recollection of which is, however tinged with regret, hence “into my heart an air that kills”. We cannot, try as we might, recreate the past and melancholy oft creeps into our soul when gazing back.
Nostalgia frequently expresses itself in a wistful evocation of a vanishing way of life. Take…
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