Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Feelings through the ages

Have you ever wondered if people from the past had the same feelings, fears, passions , hopes and dreams that we have?
Would Mrs. Caveman have sat sharpening her wooden sticks wondering if her caveman would meet another, prettier, younger version of her while out hunting? Did she wonder if her loin cloth made her look fat?
Did mothers sit telling stories and reassuring their little ones as arrows whizzed past their heads? Did they worry that their little ones were making friends, keeping to the straight and narrow as they hurled rocks around?
Was the joy and the sorrow and the sadness and the relief that we feel the same? Well it must have been mustn't it?
Sometimes a poem written long ago will tell you this.
By the way the good thing about posting poems from the past is there is no need to worry about copyrights. Shakespeare and Shelley will not remove their poems.

Today I was reading two poems that told me that feelings are the one thing we have all got in common with our ancestors.How much it matters to hear someone greet you with warmth and about the passing of the years.

The first by William Shenstone (1714 - 1763) was written while staying at an inn in Henley-on-Thames. He seems to be telling us that he is always sure of a warm welcome at an inn. It's always nice to hear someone say they are looking forward to seeing you with warmth in their voice and is worth going to an inn just to have that welcome that we might not get from family.

Written at an Inn at Henley, the importance of a warm greeting

Last verse..... because I'm sure you all need to get back to what you were doing, but you can look up the whole poem and read it at your leisure.

Who'er has travelled life's dull round,
Where'er his stages may have been,
may sigh to think he still has found
The warmest welcome at an inn.


  1. Thanks for sharing this poem, it has suddenly made me want to go and visit Henley! Very interesting, imaginative and inspiring post! Cheers 🍻

  2. Oh this was lovely. I adore Henley and this made it seem so close again. Thanks so much. :)

  3. A lovely post, Angela! It gives a wonderful sense of continuity to know these feelings are still things we share with those in our past.