English poetry

Poems in English

Sestina: Altaforte

LOQUITUR: En Bertans de Born. Dante Alighieri put this man in hell For that he was a stirrer up of […]


This is another of our ancient loves. Pass and be silent, Rullus, for the day Hath lacked a something since […]

Song of the Bowmen of Shu

Here we are, picking the first fern-shoots And saying: When shall we get back to our country? Here we are […]

A Girl

The tree has entered my hands, The sap has ascended my arms, The tree has grown in my breast – […]

The Bath-Tub

As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, When the hot water gives out or goes tepid, So is the slow […]


Go, dumb-born book, Tell her that sang me once that song of Lawes: Hadst thou but song As thou hast […]

The Encounter

All the while they were talking the new morality Her eyes explored me. And when I rose to go Her […]

Canto XLIX

For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses: Rain; empty river; a voyage, Fire from frozen cloud, heavy […]

The Garden

En robe de parade. Samain Like a skien of loose silk blown against a wall She walks by the railing […]

Tame Cat

It rests me to be among beautiful women Why should one always lie about such matters? I repeat: It rests […]

In Tempore Senectutis

When I am old I will not have you look apart From me, into the cold, Friend of my heart, […]


Luini in porcelain! The grand piano Utters a profane Protest with her clear soprano. The sleek head emerges From the […]

The Summons

I can not bow to woo thee With honey words and flower kisses And the dew of sweet half-truths Fallen […]

The Lake Isle

O God, O Venus, O Mercury, patron of thieves, Give me in due time, I beseech you, a little tobacco-shop, […]


Italian Campagna 1309, the open road Bah! I have sung women in three cities, But it is all the same; […]

Canto I

And then went down to the ship, Set keel to breakers, forth on the godly sea, and We set up […]

Ballad of the Goodly Fere

Simon Zelotes speaking after the Crucifixion. Fere=Mate, Companion. Ha’ we lost the goodliest fere o’ all For the priests and […]


O generation of the thoroughly smug and thoroughly uncomfortable, I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun, I have seen […]

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