Here's a virtual movie of a beautiful Dialect poem from the county of Gloucestershire England "The Old Country Dances" By Leonard Clark who came from the Forest of Dean. The poem is about a fathers recollection of teaching his son old English folk dances as was the tradition amongst rural folk up until the early part of the 20th century when Barn Dances were a part of the rural social scene.This lovely poem is a dip into nostalgia as an old man remembers his young son growing up learning the old traditions in world on the brink of change hastened by the ravages of the First World War.
Leonard Clark (1905-1981) was an English poet and anthologist. He was born and brought up in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and the early experience of growing up in an essentially rural setting influenced both his prose and his poetry. He worked as a teacher and school inspector
His best-known anthology is All Things New, a collection of poems for children; it includes a short essay before each poem, explaining it. Other books of poetry include The Hearing Heart, Singing in the Streets: poems for Christmas. Prose works include A Fool in the Forest and Green Wood: Tales of a Gloucestershire Childhood, both of which comprise series of descriptions of characters and events from Leonard Clark's childhood.
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