The Idea

Named with affection after  The Divine Comedy, The Mundane Comedy uses the terza rima form of Dante’s epic to document a year of my life—detailing big current events, intimate everyday happenings and the tired rope bridge of opinion that naturally forms between the two. As the subject matter partially relates to the coming of my first child, I have had to keep it under wraps leading up to the magic twelve week hump where most expecting parents choose to tell the world. While most of the poems will deal with the time leading up to his/her arrival, other poems may be political, philosophical, deep, shallow, scientific, spiritual or perhaps a bit daft. The project runs from September 1st 2011 to August 31st 2012. While I can’t promise a poem every single day, I will endevour to post new work as frequently as possible. If you enjoy any of the poems, please feel free to leave a comment or tell someone else about it.


Niall x


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Inua Ellams (@InuaEllams)
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 16:40:40

    Brilliant, idea, will be reading, listening in..


  2. Matthew King
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 09:29:08

    I’ve read through some of these and found them impressive, and inspiring, as to daily focus. Style and blending of the deep and magical with lighter moments is really well done. I’m not one for free verse, I prefer poems to be structured, tight, and you do all that well, so will be looking in to this on occasion. I particularly like the one about the ladybird and the boxing, and the Harryhausen note was neat. As for Herne Hill, if you’re in south london, do you know of any regular poetry events/groups here? I’m in forest hill, but my work is lambeth based, so anything down south would be worth looking in on.


  3. Dzifa Benson
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 01:01:42

    Great seeing you and sharing dirty jokes at Tim Turnbull’s launch tonight. I’m intrigued by this project, full of admiration and will say it again for the record – I don’t think your harnessing of social media via QR codes on your cards is at all wanky. On the contrary, I think it’s innovative, creative, inspired and a host of other lovely adjectives. Do different is what I say. Anything that helps take the poetry to the people. You’re looking at a social media queen here so you’re preaching to the choir. It’s the future.

    Anyhow, I’ll be following this with interest over the coming year. Keep ’em coming! Dxxx


  4. Hilda Sheehan
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 16:31:20

    Dear Lovely Niall,

    I’m enjoying your divineness in Terza Rima! What an artist, Bravo!

    Mabel of Domestic Cherry


  5. marcusmoore
    Dec 07, 2011 @ 16:18:29

    Am thoroughly enjoying myself strolling through your gallery of wit, whimsy and wisdom, Niall: a welcome resting-place, away from the rush-push-crush of the blogosphere’s noisier sidewalks. Thank you.


  6. Susan Walker (@ZinWalker)
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 23:14:17

    Like this, like craftsmanship in a poet, and will be following you



  7. Rupert Smith
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 17:39:15

    Lovely compelling stuff, Niall. I’m into verse narratives since reading Walcott’s ‘Omeros’ as part of my English/Creative writing degree. Best wishes for sustained rhythmic flow!
    Rupert Smith


  8. Niall O'Sullivan
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 11:01:29

    Thanks Rupert, Omeros was a big inspiration for this project. Wallcott is the don.


  9. ReadMeSthingYouLove (@RMSYL)
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 19:41:58

    Wow. Love the idea of this project. Read the most recent ones but am going to start at the beginning and work my way through. Sometimes the internet…delivers something wholly new. And splendid. Cheers, Niall.


  10. Rigel Ordinario
    Aug 03, 2012 @ 21:14:59

    This is an amazing idea. I’m a big fan of projects like this. I hope I get the time to read it from the very beginning, because I love everything I’ve seen so far.


  11. Trackback: RMSYL 42: The Strange Hours Travelers Keep by August Kleinzahler (read by Niall O’Sullivan) | Read Me Something You Love

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