Learning W. E. Henley’s Invictus

Out of the night that covers me

I have recently been accepted as a volunteer for The Reader charity and so have developed a renewed interest in poetry and literature. In the past I have written poetry without following any structure and have judged whether it worked or not by trial and error. I now realise there is more to poetry than just pleasing words. Not only is there rhyme but there is rhythm and metre, similar to music. To really appreciate poetry it needs to be read aloud. I have been reading about how to improve memory, particularly through imagery and the above picture is a cheat sheet for me to remember WE Henley’s poem Invictus! With time and practise I will be able to perform it without the sheet. Life is good!

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Author: Alan Swift

As of the beginning of the year 2018 I have been incarnated in this mortal coil for 54 earth years. I tend to have a stoic outlook on life and have tried many spiritual practises, both Eastern and Western in origin. I have a level 3 in counselling skills and run a an informal photography group on a volunteer basis. I also volunteer for a carers group. I have practised meditation for over 30 years and am well read in alternative philosophy and New Age literature. I enjoy films, dogs, eating out, drawing, pass the pencil, walking, technology, shamanic journeying, ACIM, dreamwork, backgammon, and have a cockatiel named Bob. I have been with my fiancée for over 13 years now and still enjoy our relationship.

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