Category Archives: Quondom Poetics

The Moor by RS Thomas


  Poem: The Moor Poet: RS Thomas Date of Birth and Death: 29 March 1913 – 25 September 2000 Nationality: Welsh Brief Biography: R. S. Thomas was a Welsh poet and Anglican priest who was noted for his nationalism, spirituality and deep dislike of … Continue reading

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Poetic Memories: A Drink Song by WB Yeats


Poem: A Drink Song Poet: WB Yeats Date of Birth and Death: 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 Nationality: Irish About the poet: William Butler Yeats was one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century and received … Continue reading

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Oh Earth, Wait for Me by Pablo Neruda


Poem: Oh Earth, Wait for Me Poet: Pablo Neruda Date of Birth and Death: 12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 Nationality: Chilean Brief Biography: A diplomat for most of his life Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize–winning Chilean poet … Continue reading

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Near the Wall of a House by Yehuda Amichai


Yehuda reminds the reader there is more to living than being in love, while love is indeed beautiful as a species we miss so much of life’s real beauty chasing just that one aspect of living. Near the wall of … Continue reading

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Elegy for Himself by Chidiock Tichborne (1558-1586)


written in the tower before his execution Chidiock wrote this the night before he was executed for treason as a Roman Catholic, to write so eloquently under such circumstances amazes me. He was 28 years old. My prime of youth … Continue reading

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Love Constant Beyond Death by Francisco Gomez de Quevedo (1580-1645)


  The metaphysical endurance of love after death is captured beautifully here by Quevedo, who by the age of just 23 was an acclaimed poet. The final shadow that will close my eyes will in its darkness take me from … Continue reading

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As imperceptibly as Grief by Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)


There is nothing that quite captures the turn to Autumn as perfectly as Emily’s poem – I hope you enjoy As imperceptibly as Grief The Summer lapsed away – Too imperceptible at last, To seem like Perfidy – A Quietness … Continue reading

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The Mirabeau Bridge by Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)


  Under the Mirabeau Bridge the Seine Flows and our love Must I be reminded again How joy came always after pain   Night comes the hour is rung The days go I remain   Hands within hands we stand … Continue reading

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Praise in Summer by Richard Wilbur (1921-)


  Obscurely yet most surely called to praise, As sometimes summer calls us all, I said The hills are heavens full of branching ways Where star-nosed moles fly overhead the dead; I said the trees are mines in air, I … Continue reading

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The Linen Industry by Michael Longley (1939 –)


  Pulling up flax after the blue flowers have fallen And laying our handfuls in the peaty water To rot those grasses to the bone, or building stooks That recall the skirts of an invisible dancer, We become a part … Continue reading

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