• bluebells in the woodland
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    Helen Duncan’s poems of nature

    As estranged from nature as we’ve become, I find you can’t help but become enraptured by spring. I’ve picked two poems penned by my great grandmother who loved to write about nature. One is about springtime and the other is about Dartmoor, a rugged moorland in Devon.

  • Photograph of my poet great gran Helen Duncan
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    The Poems of Helen Duncan

    Dad gave me the box of family history to rummage through. I found two notebooks, which belonged to Helen, filled with pages of poetry. Many were of favourite poems she copied but she penned her own too. Other family members sent and wrote poems and within these two books of elegant handwriting weave worlds of written words. You'd think the contents would be world's apart but it's quite the opposite. What fascinates me is the stark similarities we find.