Camp NaNoWriMo Day 05 Part 2

Day 05 Camp NaNoWriMo

So I thought I would share with you part of my reason for doing the Camp NaNoWriMo Challenge. It is to create some original prose to go with the poetry I did during my NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) Challenge earlier in the year. I absolutely LOVE the cover by JC CLarke.

Butterflies & Blue Skies Front

Butterflies & Blue Skies ~ Poetry & Prose 2


Collection of Poetry & Prose, a sequel to ‘Rainbows and Roses’ which is a delightful selection of whimsical short stories, along with a collection of poetry inspired by memories from childhood, the environment, together with a little bit of fun.

In this second volume I am hoping to feature some information on flowers and plants loved by Butterflies and Bees.

Many of the poems that will feature were written during the 2019 NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)


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Elegy of a Butterfly

Exhausted the butterfly rests
upon the pure white petals of a daisy.
Paper thin, are the wings
filigreed in fine grey veins
like the hair line cracks of a glazed vase.

Only the faintest movement
of the thorax gives an indication of life.
Slowly the proboscis unfurls
to take a last savouring sip of nectar.
After withdrawing, all movements cease.

The sun slips behind a cloud
bringing dull grey shadows.
Mother Nature quietens her children.
All become still as life slowly seeps
from the frail butterfly.

A frog croaks in the distance,
marking the time of death.
Zephyrus snatches away the butterfly’s last breath.
Then the soft gentle breeze lifts the lifeless soul
carrying it to earth, ready to begin the cycle of re-birth.

Copyright © April 2019 Rose English

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08 Roses In Literature (Shakespeare)

Happy Sunday, well I have not done a post for #ShakespeareSunday for a while but today I thought I might share this one with you featuring Queen of the Flowers – the Rose.

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 54

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Listen to Sonnet 54 on YouTube

The YouTube video is by Darrel Walters check out his Book: The Wit and Wisdom of Shakespeare on his Website:

Sonnet 54 (full text)

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#WorldPoetryDay ‘Lost Love in Spring’

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World Poetry Day

A celebration of poetry around the world first introduced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 1999. Held on March 21st each year.

‘Lost Love in Spring’ by Rose English

I was overwhelmed when my little short story ‘Lost Love in Spring’ was nominated for a Summer Indie Book Awards in 2017. I do not even know who put the book forward but I am over the moon. So whoever you are Thank You. As today is World Poetry Day and Spring is now officially here, I want to share some of the teasers from my book ‘Lost Love in Spring’.

The story is only short but the book includes an A~Z of Herbal Remedies and for each plant featured there is a small poem to accompany it. Many taken from an old poetry book published in 1800

So here is the image that shows the opening line of the story. Click any image to enlarge it (note it opens in a new window)

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‘…And many a weary heart shall sing
The Snowdrop bringeth Hope and Spring.’

(From the book Poetry of the Flowers by Mrs CM Kirtland 1800)

Hope is all Emmeline has.

Under rolling storm clouds and raging thunder, the Gods unleash their wrath upon the earth, and in the chaos of the countryside awash with rivulets, Alfie Beeson is felled by some unseen force. With a desperate burst of strength, Emmeline drags her unconscious husband back to their cottage.

Throughout the winter she ministers to his needs, following her Grandmother Aspasia’s recipes collected over the years in her delicately penned ‘Home Remedies’. Alfie appears to be on the mend when the gentle, shivering snowdrops begin to raise their dainty heads above the snow, bringing hope. However, as the little flowers creep from the forest up to the cottage, Alfie takes a turn for the worse.

By the time the blooms are close enough to tap upon the door, she has lost her love. Grieving and bereft, Emmeline tries to cope without her soulmate. Her broken heart causes even her gentle artwork to suffer. Paintings are left unfinished in the parlour.

With the arrival of The Anniversary comes a surprise visitor. Will this visitor rekindle the light in Emmeline’s delicate brown eyes?

Can the hole in her heart ever be healed?

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Herbal Remedies Research

This heartfelt short story now includes a sample of  Aspasia Cherry’s A~Z of Herbal Remedies along with poetry, a few myths and a little magic about the local flora that would have been found in and around Emmeline’s cottage.

Reading and research are what I love to do most of all, and I was swept away on a cloud of delicate plants and flora that were used for healing. In the story Emmeline uses an old tome that her grandmother Aspasia Cherry penned over the years. I imagine the cover to have been like the one below.

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In the A~Z the layout begins with the common name and the scientific name along with its meaning. There follows a poem about the plant then its ancient and modern use. For some plants I have also added a short myth of how the plant may have derived its name. My example here is the Dandelion.

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In some of my earlier blog posts I have more examples of plants used in the book. You can search using poetry or floral poetry. Back in May I did a post on Hawthorn click HERE to check it out.

If you are interested in finding out more, or want to take a look inside on amazon. Click the image below.

ebook & print Lost Love

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05 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

Shakespeare’s Sonnet No.1

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The sonnets of William Shakespeare are said to have been published in 1609 by Thomas Thorpe. Supposedly without permission of William himself. Thorpe did however get himself a licence to publish these works of fiction.

There are 154 sonnets by Shakespeare. Sonnets 01 to 126 are aimed at a young man, 127 to 152 are to a dark lady, and the final two are adaptations of Greek Poems.

What is a Sonnet?

Originating in Italy, the sonnet derives from the word ‘sonetto little poem or son for song from the Latin sonus meaning sound, so little song’. Traditionally the Italian version was eight lines in length. The Italian’s introduced the sonnets to England in the time of the Tudors.

Now the English version exists as fourteen lines, each line ten syllables in length. The most common form is generally three quatrains (a verse of four lines with often alternating rhymes) followed by a rhyming couplet (a pair of lines that rhyme generally of the same length) .  ABAB CDCD EFEF GG 

William Shakespeare was one of the most famous ‘sonneteers’ the name sometimes given to the writers of sonnets. One of the most well known of the Shakespearean Sonnets is No. 18 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Sonnet No. 1 on YouTube

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 01 in full

 From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty’s rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed’st thy light’st flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content
And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding.
Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
To eat the world’s due, by the grave and thee

Many scholars study the meaning of the sonnets and the general idea behind this one is that the poet is speaking to a young man. Telling him he is handsome but he should get his act together, stop playing around and take on a wife so that he might have children to carry on his memories and pass his beauty on to the next generation.

I am really enjoying my Shakespeare Sunday’s, I hope you are too? i would love to hear your thoughts.

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04 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

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The Two Noble Kinsmen

‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare is said to be based on Chaucer’s ‘Knight’s Tale’. Classed as one of Shakespeare’s tragi-comedies. It is believed to have first appeared in print in 1634.

It is the romantic tale of ‘two noblemen’ Palamon and Arcite who are the closest of friends until they see Emilia and each fall passionately in love with her, afterwards becoming bitter rivals.

Act 2 Scene 2 Line 135

Emilia (to her Woman): Of all flowers,
Methinks a rose is best.

Woman: Why, gentle madam?

Emilia: It is the very emblem of a maid.
For when the west wind courts her gently
How modestly she blows, and paints the sun
With her chaste blushes! When the north comes near her,
Rude and impatient, then, like chastity,
She locks her beauties in her bud again,
And leaves him to base briars.

Emilia is strolling with her woman in the garden when Palamon spots her and falls silent. I found a wonderful audio sample of the conversation between the two friends shortly after Emilia speaks about the rose.

The Two Noble Kinsmen Audio Sample

RSC trailer from 2016

I also discovered a wonderful modern version of the play by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) by Blanche McIntyre 2016. Take a peek at the trailer.

Well I hope you enjoyed this preview of one of the lesser known of Shakespeare’s plays. Check out the video plot on the RSC page, I would love to know your views on the modern day play. It certainly is a twist in the tale.

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03 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

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‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ is my favourite play by William Shakespeare. It is one I have seen countless times in many different forms and guises. Old and traditional, new modern live theatre, ballet, and several versions on TV. The most recent version was a few years ago starring David Walliams & Sheridan Smith, a fun kind of hippy-like version. Very enjoyable.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream YouTube Trailer

Oberon’s Monologue on YouTube

It was a pleasant surprise to discover this old monologue from the 1935 American movie of the same name. Victor Jory played Oberon – King of the Fairies, and a very young Mickey Rooney played Robin (Puck)

Check out now a Modern Day Version by the Royal Shakespeare Company

Lucy Ellinson as Puck and Chu Omambala as Oberon in the 2016 version

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Text)

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell’d skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in:
And with the juice of this I’ll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies.

Spoken by Oberon, to Robin (Puck) Act 2, Scene 1, Line 252

I love most versions of the play. However, my favourite has to be when I saw a special performance at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire UK. It was so atmospheric. A true memory to treasure.

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Hope you enjoyed this little snippet.

Until next time Happy Reading


02 Roses in Literature (Myths & Legends)

Oh dear as it was my birthday at the weekend I got quite carried away and forgot to post my Roses in Literature on Sunday. Fortunate for me today fits very nicely with the theme as it is Valentine’s Day (or rather it was a few hours ago). So I thought I might share with you some of my own roses in literature. These all feature in my book ‘Rainbows & Roses ~ Poetry & Prose’ by Rose English. Click the HERE to visit amazon and take a peek inside.

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The blog title mentions Roses in Myths & Legends so here is a very brief version of how the rose was created, and came to be known as ‘The Queen of the Flowers’. Taken from Greek Myth. (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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Now to share two small poems inspired by ‘Roses Are Red’ poetry.

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It is believed that ‘Roses are red’ poems  have their origins in the 1590’s epic poem The Faerie Queene (Book Three, Canto 6, Stanza 6) written by the English poet Edmund Spenser (1552/3 – 1599) illustrated by Walter Crane. The images below come from an 1895 publication digitally preserved at ‘The Internet Archive’ click HERE to see the book in more detail.

Getting caught up in research, and the beautifully preserved literature is what always seems to catch me out. Sorry not to have been able to share this on Valentine’s Day but I do hope you enjoy the blog all the same.

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