Diary of the Plague Year: Day 17 1 April 2020:


Woke feeling tired and below par so had a lie-in. Didn’t get up till 9.30 and not sure this was a good idea. Fast day today worse luck but I feel it must be done.

I did spend the first hour reading my poetry today it’s Philip Larkin – The Whitsun Weddings. They are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, bitter, snobbish, full of pathos and with the time-bomb of An Arundel Tomb at the end.

I had not read these poems for years and had not noticed when I read them that they are written within a very tight and formal structure. It reminded me of Shakespeare so I am going to do a bit of research.

An added bonus,  three photographs fell out – one of the window of my first flat in Camberwell, one taken through a derelict window at Castlefreke and the third a landscape photo taken in Ireland.

Just off for a walk.

The landscape photograph showing The Galley Head in the distance.

Galley Head

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