English poetry

Poems in English


You are a rose, but set with sharpest spine; You are a pretty bird that pecks at me; You are […]


I was always afraid of Somes’s Pond: Not the little pond, by which the willow stands, Where laughing boys catch […]

Primavera in the North

She has danced for leagues and leagues, Over thorns and thistles, Prancing to a tune of Griegg’s Performed on willow […]

Bells in the Rain

Sleep falls, with limpid drops of rain, Upon the steep cliffs of the town. Sleep falls; men are at peace […]

Curious Circumstance

The sailorman’s child And the girl of the witch They can’t be defiled By touching pitch. The sailorman’s son Had […]

The Prinkin’ Leddie

The Hielan’ lassies are a’ for spinnin’, The Lowlan’ lassies for prinkin’ and pinnin’; My daddie w’u’d chide me, an’ […]

Sea Lullaby

The old moon is tarnished With smoke of the flood, The dead leaves are varnished With colour like blood. A […]

Poor Earth

It is not heaven: bitter seed Leavens its entrails with despair It is a star where dragons breed: Devils have […]

The Eagle and the Mole

Avoid the reeking herd, Shun the polluted flock, Live like that stoic bird, The eagle of the rock. The huddled […]


When foxes eat the last gold grape, And the last white antelope is killed, I shall stop fighting and escape […]

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