English poetry

Poems in English

The Past is the Present

If external action is effete And rhyme is outmoded, I shall revert to you, Habakkuk, as when in a Bible […]

He Made This Screen

not of silver nor of coral, But of weatherbeaten laurel. Here, he introduced a sea Uniform like tapestry; Here, a […]

A Grave

Man looking into the sea, Taking the view from those who have as much right to it as you have […]

No Swan So Fine

“No water so still as the Dead fountains of Versailles.” No swan, With swart blind look askance And gondoliering legs, […]

He "Digesteth Harde Yron&quot

Although the aepyornis Or roc that lived in Madagascar, and The moa are extinct, The camel-sparrow, linked With them in […]

Spenser's Ireland

has not altered; A place as kind as it is green, The greenest place I’ve never seen. Every name is […]


you’ve seen a strawberry That’s had a struggle; yet Was, where the fragments met, A hedgehog or a star- Fish […]


My father used to say, “Superior people never make long visits, Have to be shown Longfellow’s grave Nor the glass […]

The Fish

wade Through black jade. Of the crow-blue mussel-shells, one keeps adjusting the ash-heaps; opening and shutting itself like An Injured […]

Baseball and Writing

Fanaticism? No. Writing is exciting And baseball is like writing. You can never tell with either How it will go […]

The Paper Nautilus

For authorities whose hopes Are shaped by mercenaries? Writers entrapped by Teatime fame and by Commuters’ comforts? Not for these […]


Beauty and Beauty’s son and rosemary – Venus and Love, her son, to speak plainly – Born of the sea […]

To a Steam Roller

The illustration Is nothing to you without the application. You lack half wit. You crush all the particles down Into […]


I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect […]

The Steeple-Jack

Dürer would have seen a reason for living in a town like this, with eight stranded whales To look at; […]

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