Theme: There Will Be Time
Connecting Poetry and People
Poetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday 30 April 2020 and the theme is ‘There will be time’ Whether you share a poem, read a poem, or programme your own online event, everyone is invited to join in and celebrate.
To join in the celebrations, to read about some fabulous initiatives including a poetry phone line for those cocooning, videos of well known Irish people reading their favourite poems, schools projects and much more, go to the link below and begin exploring. You can also find Poetry Ireland on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/poetryireland.eigseeireann/
Here at Garter Lane we have chosen Sonnet 19: William Shakespeare:
Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paw
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger’s jaws,
And burn the long-liv’d Phoenix in her blood;
Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleets,
And do whate’er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
To the wide world and all her fading sweets;
But I forbid thee one more heinous crime:
O, carve not with the hours my love’s fair brow,
Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen!
Him in thy course untainted do allow
For beauty’s pattern to succeeding men.
Yet do thy worst, old Time! Despite thy wrong
My love shall in my verse ever live young.