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Teignmouth

Teignmouth Pier

Teignmouth Pier

What is it that attracts people to Teignmouth?  The poems so far have covered many aspects of the town, its character, the events that have framed its history and shaped the town to what it is today.

The next set of poems complement this theme, suggesting why people might come to Teignmouth; the poems don’t need to be complex to convey people’s reasons.

"a brown rock towers on the other side to me"

The Ness

We start with a particular style of poem called a “villanelle”, simply entitled “Teignmouth” by Margaret Sheppard.

Teignmouth
(Margaret Sheppard)

A charming town beside a changing sea
Is Teignmouth with its pier and famèd Ness
In the whole wide world this is the place for me

I’ve journeyed five continents to see
The famous sights which do impress;
A charming town beside a changing sea

Despite the lures of Rome and gai Paris
Or cities which stunning styles possess
In the whole wide world this is the place for me

Sample the local breakfast, lunch or tea
The kindness, goodness and largesse!
A charming town beside a changing sea

The view is unsurpassed when standing on the quay
Where fishing boats and cargo ships do rest
In the whole wide world this is the place for me

The Teign with all its natural beauty blessed
The constant ebb and flow within the estuary
A charming town beside a changing sea
In the whole wide world this is the place for me

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