Tonight London will be hit by a poetry storm -- that’s right, it will be raining poetry. As for the poems themselves, there will be a poem by a poet from each of the 204 Olympic nations along with an additional 50 poems by Chilean poets and 50 by UK poets. So reinforced by logic But if we are under No-God To the falling London rain. Whether the living river Horses black as coal– Rain, midnight rain, nothing but the wild rain, And neither hear the rain nor give it thanks. Check with your local county elections office for exact times and ID requirements. Their gallopings in vain, Tonight London will be hit by a poetry storm -- that’s right, it will be raining poetry. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 'Rain’ is currently available as a BBC Radio 3 sound file, in which Oswald reads her own poem. This looks like dissatisfaction on where he is in life … in terms of violent horses … he wants to break free … and this may be a spiritual unrest when we look at later stanzas. Visit the state elections site. Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. Chilean arts collective Casagrande will drop 100,000 poems from a helicopter over the south bank of the Thames river at twilight. London Rain – Louis MacNeice October 16, 2014 October 17, 2014 richinaword Poetry analysis Tags: MacNeice , Poetry , Spirituality This year many of the the poets visited in our U3A (University of Third Age) sessions have had some connection with religious ministry. Stain the canals of night Through this symbolic "bombing of words," Casagrande hopes to “open up questions that help us to understand cultural works as pacifist practices and also to discuss what the place of poetry could be in the history of war.”. For me this is the key stanza … it is up to us to make what we will of the world, of this gift … and we can only discover how we should live in living life. Ministers are thought-full people – don’t you think! We need no metaphysics Life in the life we make. So let the water sizzle My lust goes riding horseback Blessed are the dead that the rain rains upon: But here I pray that none whom once I loved. All rights reserved. The randy mares of fancy, Or to muffle us in comfort Its dance upon the town, And the park becomes a jungle (I might add that those that shout God is on our side are often using God to justify their ungodly actions.). Come dimly tumbling down, He wrestles with thoughts on God as he looks out late at night on the rain. He recorded a set inspired by Blake's verse, which appropriately featured an adaptation of the poem London from Songs of Experience. Louis MacNeice was no exception. For your voice to be heard, in most states you must register before you can vote. ©2020 Verizon Media. And the neon lamps of London If there is a God – everything will be OK and if No-God then it doesn’t matter about all the conscience problems … these are his on-going thoughts as he watches the rain … his logic…dare I say late-night logic! As having nothing to lose Polling hours on Election Day vary by state/locality. The world is what we make. My wishes turn to violent ", “open up questions that help us to understand cultural works as pacifist practices and also to discuss what the place of poetry could be in the history of war.”. To a place where God and No-God Part of HuffPost News. To ravish where I choose, Poetry Bombing: 100,000 Poems Rain On London (VIDEO), "People who witness the gliding, glinting bookmarks exchange them, turning them into coveted goods for barter rather than litter. Where warning beacons toss, Cheers to more events like this in the future! ( Log Out /  To the falling London rain. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out /  London Rain by Louis MacNeice. The rain of London pimples The ebony street with white And the neon lamps of London Stain the canals of night And the park becomes a jungle In the alchemy of night. His poem ‘London Rain’, written against the backdrop of impending war (shortly before the outbreak of WWII in 1939), might be considered that conflict’s response to Edward Thomas’s ‘Rain’, written during the First World War. Cannot, the tempest tells me, disappoint. For God will give me bliss The event kicks off Poetry Parnassus in London (running through July 1st), which is the largest poetry festival in the UK. Of beauty as I choose. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail. Louis MacNeice, ‘London Rain’. To sanction what we do The ebony street with white To burgle all the turrets It looks as though it has stopped raining for a while … and in sync. ( Log Out /  So his logic suggests to him that this horse can ride amuck with no consequence … taking the No-God ride so to speak … and using this to justify any course of action. Is either up or down. Edward Thomas was a poet, critic, and biographer who is best known for his careful depictions of rural England and his prescient understanding of modernity’s tendency toward disconnection, alienation, and unsettledness. Edward Thomas was a poet, critic, and biographer who is best known for his careful depictions of rural England and his prescient understanding of modernity’s … And again it starts to rain; Rain of Poems serves as a symbolic reappropriation of the past. Adultery and murder The rain of London pimples Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. Eager to take the fences Most recently, Casagrande dropped poems over Berlin, Germany, in 2010 and over Warsaw, Poland, in 2009. The stallions of the soul– My wishes now come homeward, ( Log Out /  That fence about my soul. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting. Today is National Voter Registration Day! He is talking about the God/No-God battle going on in his mind. But No-God will absolve me Bog and lake are references to his Irish / English heritage. Well his thoughts travel across the channel to the war and this occupies his mind … God and No-God (the Good and the Bad) playing pitch and toss = a game of skill and chance. It is your right and your responsibility. The world is what was given, Across the countless chimneys In a sense it is up to us – our responsibility to create our own God (and if we do happen to believe in an external God then perhaps our understanding of God may come clearer). Casagrande’s slogan reads, “no se vende ni se compra,” translated to “can’t be sold, can’t be bought,” meaning every project, every performative act, and each poetic utterance is completely free and for the collective imagination or re-imagining. Upon the gleaming slates, When the rain abates From what we did not do. His mind is now back on where he is … in his room looking out on the falling rain … the logic/lust distraction of thought in vain … and the wild horses that took his thoughts away at the beginning of the poem bring him home again … he notices it has started to rain again … falling rain and enough thinking for one night falls asleep… let’s hope he has pleasant dreams!

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