English poetry

Poems in English


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 […]

The Needle

Come, or the stellar tide will slip away. Eastward avoid the hour of its decline, Now! for the needle trembles […]

A Pact

I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman I have detested you long enough. I come to you as a […]

These Fought in Any Case

These fought in any case, And some believing Pro domo, in any case….. Died some, pro patria, Walked eye-deep in […]

Notes for Canto CXX

I have tried to write Paradise Do not move Let the wind speak That is paradise. Let the Gods forgive […]


When I behold how black, immortal ink Drips from my deathless pen – ah, well-away! Why should we stop at […]

The Fault of It

Some may have blamed us that we cease to speak Of things we spoke of in our verses early, Saying: […]

Sub Mare

It is, and is not, I am sane enough, Since you have come this place has hovered round me, This […]


O chansons foregoing You were a seven days’ wonder. When you came out in the magazines You created considerable stir […]

Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I)

“Vocat aestus in umbram” Nemesianus Es. IV. E. P. Ode pour l’élection de son sépulchre For three years, out of […]

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