The Reddest Rose In All The World: Love Poems with Charlotte Moore

The Reddest Rose In All The World: Love Poems with Charlotte Moore


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February 14, St Valentine's Day, has been associated with love and lovers for at least six centuries. Love is, of course, a perennially important subject for poets. In this special seminar, Charlotte Moore will be presenting eight very different love poems, some well known, others hidden treasures. She will discuss each poem in terms of its historical and social context and the circumstances in which it was written and celebrate the poets' ability to reveal emotion in witty, beautiful, and resonant words. Beginning with the earliest love-lyric in English, she will move through the centuries up to the present time, touching on the Tudors, the Cavaliers, the Victorians, and the rich folkloric tradition as she goes.

Participants will be provided with the text of all the poems ahead of time. Poems will include:

  • The twelfth-century lyric Brid One Brere (Bird on a Briar)
  • William Shakespeare's O Mistress Mine
  • Homely Meats by Shakespeare's contemporary John Davies of Hereford
  • The traditional folksong Lavender's Blue
  • Go, Lovely Rose by Sir Edmund Waller
  • Juliet by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  • Dorothy's Parker's One Perfect Rose
  • Carol Ann Duffy's Valentine

  • Charlotte Moore has loved poetry ever since she can remember. After reading English Literature at Oxford University, she taught in schools before becoming a writer and journalist. She has published four novels, four historical books for children, George and Sam, a memoir of family life with her autistic sons, and Hancox: A House and a Family, a social history based on her 500-year-old house in rural Sussex, England. Her most recent book is The Magic Hour: 100 Poems From The Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club, an anthology based on the poetry discussion group she runs. She has written widely for newspapers and magazines. She is an experienced speaker at conferences and literary festivals.

    This conversation is suitable for all ages

    90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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    Love in Verse

    I have taken all of Ms. Moore's poetry seminars and thoroughly enjoy them. This talk was no exception. She has a wonderful knack of combining the right amount of historical background and poetic analysis. I have been introduced to at least one new poet each time and have come away richer with each talk.

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    A Valentine Special

    What made this presentation memorable was Charlotte’s description of how the English language changed since 1300.

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    Love in Verse

    I have taken all of Ms. Moore's poetry seminars and thoroughly enjoy them. This talk was no exception. She has a wonderful knack of combining the right amount of historical background and poetic analysis. I have been introduced to at least one new poet each time and have come away richer with each talk.

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    P.V.E.
    A Valentine Special

    What made this presentation memorable was Charlotte’s description of how the English language changed since 1300.