An Evening with the Romantic Poets

Room with lots of people

It may have been cold and dark outside but romance was definitely in the air at the Mansion House as Mexborough poetry group Read to Write gave an enthusiastic audience a wonderful evening of poetry readings.

The theme for the evening was the Romantic Poets, a group of late18th/early 19th century writers who had turned away from the intellectual ideas of the neo-classicist works to produce work that harnessed feelings and emotion.

Favourites like, Wordsworth’s Daffodils, Blake’s Jerusalem and Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge were interspersed by works that were less familiar to some but equally powerful.

The introspective “I am” by John Clare contrasted wonderfully with Percy Bysshe Shelley’s England in 1819.

Read to Write meet twice a week. The sessions are free, informal and open to everyone. They are run on a drop-in basis with a focus on reading, writing, and performing poetry.