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Episode 17: Dancing with Daffodils

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia


Good morning, Good Afternoon Good Evening – wherever you are, thank you for listening in and joining the podcast conversation. Today, I’m taking poetry with my tea.

Poetry is necessary.  It is an intense, emotional language that speaks to our spirit, to our deep need for understanding and belonging.  We respond to the sounds, symbolism, rhythm of poetic language. Poetry gives us the confidence to explore our fast-paced dynamic world.

So put the kettle on and join me as we meet up with William Wordsworth. I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.


William Wordsworth noted, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”


William Wordsworth by Benjamin Haydon


Why do a few words, a short line written in poetic language, evoke a dramatic emotional response?


Poetry has immediacy.  We recognize grief, elation, hope in an instant. It is as if the poet is speaking directly to our most profound reflections.  We are enticed by the possibilities of diverse interpretations.  We feel a wistful longing to connect, even as we recognize the transient nature of our existence.

William Wordsworth had a love of nature and a resolve to express his ideas in vocabulary and speech patterns that were familiar. His poetry resonated with readers, reminding them of the reverent and joyful connection of humanity with nature.

Born in 1770, William Wordsworth, lived during a time of great change. Brilliant, beloved, he lived with passion and determination.  He and his best friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, launched the age of English Romanticism, with their joint publication, in 1798 of Lyrical Ballads.  This marked the genesis of a courageous age in literature. They changed the world of poetry, making it accessible to everyone.

Fast forward to now, poetry continues to transform, influence and demand entry into all areas of our life, from fashion and food to philosophy and politics.

We are inspired by Maya Angelou’s

“I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

We are challenged by Mary Oliver’s

Tell me,
what is it you plan to do
with your one
wild and precious life?”

We are energized by’s

History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave,
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme”

Poetry is powerful, rich with words, phrases, images that ignite our desire to live bigger lives, embrace  a wider community, participate in a greater journey.

Please join me in dancing with daffodils.



By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

11 replies on “Episode 17: Dancing with Daffodils”

A very delightful post! Poetry is a wonderful addition to our language and experience. I speaks in powerful words put together by design to trigger thoughts and emotions that widen our experience. It would be good if we each one took the time to put our thoughts into poetry. Those thoughts might not be in best, but still it would cause us to think in different patterns. Thank you for this post, I could look at our photo of dancing with daffodils often.

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You have raised an interesting thought. We think that poetry belongs to a very select few that know all of the structures, jargon and definitions of poetry. I found that all those dreary classes in high school that broke the words down, clinically, left me indifferent to poetry. I came back to poetry when I heard poets read their own poetry. It was the oral tradition that captured my attention. As to writing poetry – do we have the courage? Do we dare “disturb the universe” as T.S. Eliot wrote. Do we need to know what a decasyllable is before we put our thoughts out in the wild? Or a trochee, hexameter? Do we need permission by the ‘expert’ to share “our truth”?


I replied to this but I don’t think it went to you. NO, we do not have to be an expert. If we waited to know all there is to know about any subject we would not do any thing. We learn as we go and do!

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I have discovered that reading out loud has healing properties. One day I will be brave enough to read “Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey” by dear William Wordsworth.

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This takes my breath away! Poetry is, for me, so far a relatively unexplored landscape – I keep trying to ‘get it’, always seeming to fail. Until recently, when I had a lightbulb moment. At a talk on ‘how to understand modern art’, the speaker said that sometimes we need to stop worrying about achieving understanding, and just concentrate on whether the piece of art moves us or speaks to us in some way. I realised that it is the same with poetry. It does not matter if we can’t quite get to a place of understanding – the important thing is to lay ourselves open to the music and beauty of the words. Such liberation! Such freedom! Just like your lovely daffodils!! xxx

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I am with you, Liz. Poetry is something that has came back to me recently. After all of the dissection of poems in high school and university, of being careful to answer exam questions in terms of what others thought about a specific poem, of having to read the lines is a particular way, I simply didn’t have any time or inclination to pursue this art form. It was simply too restrictive. And then….I happened to listen to an audio book of poems read by poets who wrote the poems. And so began my journey backwards, beginning with reading poetry aloud to an empty room. Check out Sean Bean’s reading of Wilfred Owens

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