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Artifacts awaken memories and inspire poetry

An inspirational blog post from Brighton poet Ann Perrin

Ann Perrin

DSCF9259As a poet, I am always interested in how memory can be an inspiration for one’s writing.

On our recent visit to Rudyard Kipling’s house in Burwash, personal memories came flooding back because several things looked so familiar.

DSCF9260 - Copy Rudyard Kipling’s Clock

The dark wooden banisters, an old typewriter on one of the desks, a jug and basin in a washroom, DSCF9286 an animal skin rug, a grandfather clock.  

All these things reminded me of my grandparents’ much more modest Victorian house in London, where I had lived as a child. But in the case of the jug and basin we didn’t have Bateman’s wonderful Dutch tiles. But I have now written poem based on the memory of our grandfather clock. 

I warmed  to  Kipling’s wardrobe trunk. Shirts on hangers and intriguing little drawers used on his considerable travels.

DSCF9263The last time I had seen one was at the age of…

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This entry was posted on August 30, 2014 by in Uncategorized.
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