Francis Webb: Life and Poetry

Francis Webb- Aquinas Academy- Session 4

Today’s Session covered Francis Webb’s most well known poem (and his own favourite) “Five Days Old” with its celebration of the way a young child can awaken an experience of transformation in an adult. We then turned to Webb’s exploration of the creative power of St Francis of Assisi, the sequence of poems  The Canticle. This…

Francis Webb – Seminar 3- Aquinas Academy

Today we explored more deeply Webb’s quest for the “tender voyaging line of truth”, figured so often in something that exists beyond the inner and outer chaos of the present moment. Sometimes it is the sounds of birds (the two words of the cuckoo), sometimes it is a star (echoing the story Webb was told…

Francis Webb Seminar 2: Aquinas Academy

This week we explored the theme suggested by Herbert Read in his introduction to the first edition of Francis Webb’s Collected Poems: “the so tender voyaging line of truth”. This line appears in the poem “Self-Portrait”, part of Webb’s praise of the artist Anthony Sandys (1806-1883) which appears in Webb’s Around Costessey series. Here are some…

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