Featured Poem: Surprised by Joy by William Wordsworth

Better late than never, here’s this week’s Featured Poem – think of it as a midweek recharge over a cup of tea (or your preferred beverage). We’ve been unpicking this verse from Wordsworth in our latest Communications and Marketing team meeting, and had a particular ponder over what it might mean to be ‘surprised by joy’.

There’s lots to consider, so why not take a read.

Surprised by Joy

Surprised by joy- impatient as the Wind
I wished to share the transport- Oh! with whom
But Thee, long buried in the silent Tomb,
That spot which no vicissitude can find?
Love, faithful love recalled thee to my mind-
But how could I forget thee! – Through what power
Even for the least division of an hour,
Have I been so beguiled as to be blind
To my most grievous loss?-That thought’s return
Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore,
Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn,
Knowing my heart’s best treasure was no more;
That neither present time, nor years unborn
Could to my sight that heavenly face restore.

William Wordsworth

Stop The World I Want To Get Off!

stop the worldStop The World I Want To Get Off!: A Short Course for Serious Readers
Friday 6th December, 10am-4pm
Calderstones Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool L18 3JD

£30 (including lunch)/£15 concessions

With just over a month to go to the big day, Christmas is beginning to surround us everywhere. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the stresses and strains of seasonal preparation, don’t tear your hair out – instead, turn to some classic and calming literature in our special Short Course for Serious Readers, designed to provide an oasis amidst the pre-Christmas rush.

Take a break away from the heaving high streets, still the jingle of the Christmas bells and forget about present-buying pressure for this day long course where we’ll spend the day looking at moments of literary escape from the whirling world. Join Kate McDonnell, The Reader Organisation’s Quality Practice Manager, to read a selection of poetry and prose by the likes of Wordsworth, Louis Macneice and many others, considering how we make take the peace their words offer us back into the fray to prepare for the final furlong of festive organising.

Give yourself some space with great literature and good company at this seasonal Short Course for Serious Readers. To book your place, contact Literary Learning Coordinator Sophie Johnson on sophiejohnson@thereader.org.uk or call 0151 207 7207.

For more information on upcoming Short Courses for Serious Readers, including our New Year 2014 course asking ‘Can a Book Change Your Life?’, visit the Courses section on our website: http://www.thereader.org.uk/courses.aspx