Literature: Justin Richardson


For years a secret shame destroyed my peace—
I’d not read Eliot, Auden or MacNeice.
But then I had a thought that brought me hope—
Neither had Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope.

Justin Richardson 1900-1975

Take Heart, Illiterates

Provenance is problematic – said to have appeared in Punch in 1952 but also said to have been written in 1966.

The illustration is copyright: Crystal Eye Studio via Shutterstock

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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