Hello all dear Bluebell readers and poets! As we pop the cork on a new year I hope you enjoy todays format. I am bringing this to you courtesy of Poet.org.
Poems for the New Year
Eighteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Burns may well be most famous not for a poem he wrote, exactly, but for a poem he wrote down. According to Burns Country, a comprehensive website devoted to the poet, Burns, in a letter to an acquaintance, wrote, "There is an old song and tune which has often thrilled through my soul. You know I am an enthusiast in old Scotch songs. I shall give you the verses on the other sheet... Light be the turf on the breast of the heaven-inspired poet who composed this glorious fragment! There is more of the fire of native genius in it than in half a dozen of modern English Bacchanalians." That song was a version that Burns fashioned of "Auld Lang Syne." which annually rings in the New Year at parties across the world, though most often sung out of tune and with improvised lyrics, as it has been described as "the song that nobody knows." Though the history of the authorship of the poem is labyrinthine and disputed, Burns is generally credited with penning at least two original stanzas to the version that is most familiar to revelers of the New Year. Here are the first two stanzas as Burns recorded them:
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.
For centuries, it has been the charge of Britain’s Poet Laureate to write a poem to ring in the New Year. Laureate Nahum Tate established this practice, having written eight New Year odes between 1693 and 1708. And the phrase "ring out the old, ring in the new" first comes from another laureate’s pen,
Lord Alfred Tennyson, from his most well-known poem, "In Memoriam":
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
haiku form, approached the new year with a sense of humility and reverence:
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.
"New Year's Day Nap" by Coleman Barks
A Song for New Year's Eve" by William Cullen Bryant
"Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns
"The Old Year" by John Clare
"One Year ago--jots what?" by Emily Dickinson
"At the Entering of the New Year" by Thomas Hardy
"The Darkling Thrush" by Thomas Hardy
"A New Year’s Gift, Sent to Sir Simeon Steward" by Robert Herrick
"New Year’s morning" by Kobayashi Issa
"New Year’s Day" by Kobayashi Issa
"New Year's Morning" by Helen Hunt Jackson
"On a New Year's Eve" by June Jordan
"New Year on Dartmoor" by Sylvia Plath
"Te Deum" by Charles Reznikoff
"Archaic Torso of Apollo" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"The Passing of the Year" by Robert W. Service
"New Year’s Eve" by Robert W. Service
"In Memoriam" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson