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Ten Poems about Tea Competition

Some of my favourite things in life are poems and tea.

So when they were brought together in this cute pamphlet by Picador poet Lorraine Mariner, I couldn’t resist buying myself a copy and offering this great little booklet of poems as a prize for Vintage Dorset enthusiasts.

cover of the pamphlet ten poems about tea

Ten Poems about Tea is introduced by Sophie Dahl (PG tips (!) with milk, no sugar) and is published by the Candlestick Press costing just £4.95 + P&P.

The cover of the pamphlet includes another of our favourites – the ever indulgent Dundee Cake. The ten poems about tea are collected to perfectly complement your tea-time. Ideal for an everyday crisis or when ‘everything stops for tea’.

The Collection includes:

Thomas Hardy, At Tea
Kenny Knight, Lessons in Teamaking
Eavan Boland, In Season
Jo Shapcott, Procedure
John Arlott, Tea with my Aunts
Carol Ann Duffy, Tea
John Betjeman, In a Bath Teashop
Sheila Hackney, Tea Party
John Agard, Alternative Anthem
Tiffany Atkinson, Tea

TO ENTER – please leave us a comment below as to why you find tea and especially vintage tea an inspiration. We’ll choose the best one at the end of the month to send a free copy of Ten Poems About Tea.

Thomas HardyAt Tea by Thomas Hardy

THE kettle descants in a cosy drone,
And the young wife looks in her husband’s face,
And then in her guest’s, and shows in her own
Her sense that she fills an envied place;
And the visiting lady is all abloom,
And says there was never so sweet a room.
And the happy young housewife does not know
That the woman beside her was his first choice,
Till the fates ordained it could not be so….
Betraying nothing in look or voice
The guest sits smiling and sips her tea,
And he throws her a stray glance yearningly.

Published by annie, on 19th February 2011 at 9:29 am. Filled under: Vintage Arts,Vintage Food,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off on Ten Poems about Tea Competition