Poem of the Week: Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

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Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Revealed

The shortlist for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been released today. The 2018 shortlist favors new writers over authors who have already made a name for themselves.  Continue reading “Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Revealed”

World Book and Copyright Day: Importance of Reading

April 23 is carries such literary importance. Not only this day marks the death of authors, Miguel Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, the possible birth and death of the playwright, William Shakespeare, April 23 is marked as World Book and Copyright Day, a day designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a celebration to promote reading and enjoyment of books. Because of its literary importance, this day was an obvious choice to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors and continuing access to reading.  Continue reading “World Book and Copyright Day: Importance of Reading”

Quote of the Day – April 23, 2018

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Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Quote of the Day – April 22, 2018

I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best – I mean, when I’m at my best – of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything.

Maya Angelou

Quote of the Day – April 21, 2018

Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.

Jim Morrison

Friday Debate: Book Awards

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Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question: Continue reading “Friday Debate: Book Awards”

PBS Releases 100 Books of “The Great American Read” List

The book list has been reveleaed !

Here it is…the top 100 books that the public will choose from and determine which is “The Great American Read” The book list was compiled based on a survey of Americans, conducted by PBS and a polling service. Voting will begin after the premiere of the series, which airs on Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm.

Did your favorite make the list?

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