Tarantella

Do you remember an Inn,
Miranda?
Do you remember an Inn?
And the tedding and the spreading

by Hilaire Belloc Click to read full poem

Comments (47)

Thank you " Scribe" now I know who Miranda was
A beautiful piece of poetry made all the more poignant by the change of pace in the final chapter. Who was Miranda I wonder. The narration is poor and does not do the poem justice
A beautiful work made all the more so by the sudden change of rhythm in the final verseWho was Miranda? I have often wondered
It's " read" by a voice synthesiser, not a human.: -(
The recital did not do this beautiful poem justice. When I learned it as a child, it was melodic, passionate, lively....this narration is plain woeful!
Susan whitten
Tarentella, learned in about 1962, still resonates in my memory. But I remember a wonderful frenetic rhythm, nothing like the sad recital you have recorded. You could hear the Spanish guitar, the whirling dancers....
I learnt this poem at school when poetry used to be taught and enjoyed by all a pity it is not encouraged by teachers nowadays
This is very well developed. It must never run out the taste of time
I learnt this in Primary school, word perfect, and can still recite it word perfect at age 70, so it obviously stuck in my mind
Wonderful poem. Abysmal recital.
Tarantella, a Southern Italian fast paced folk dance is far North in the Pyrenees. Belloc uses the dance as a metaphor for life. Could see this poem becoming popular at funerals.
Loved this poem. Learnt it 60 years ago when I wa ten.I can still recite it without missing a beat.
Spanish dancer Rainer Maria Rilke
Dad was fond of reciting this to us as kids, with that deep sonorous, Victorian intonation used by poets of the day. Utterly memorable and the more remarkable for the fact the author was born in France.
Memories of my school days when I was first introduced to Hillaire Belloc
So wonderful to remember my high school days through this poem. I was in high school many years ago,1986-88, but I remember the words and the rythm.
I love your poems I did a competition on the poem Jim
All time classic
Good poem embellished in good devices of sound and rhythmic effect.. Sylva-Uba