English poetry

Poems in English

Dew-drop and Diamond

The difference between you and her (whom I to you did once prefer) Is clear enough to settle: She like […]


Cherries of the night are riper Than the cherries pluckt at noon Gather to your fairy piper When he pipes […]

Sorley’s Weather

When outside the icy rain Comes leaping helter-skelter, Shall I tie my restive brain Snugly under shelter? Shall I make […]


Feet and faces tingle In that frore land: Legs wobble and go wingle, You scarce can stand. The skies are […]

The Snapped Thread

Desire, first, by a natural miracle United bodies, united hearts, blazed beauty; Transcended bodies, transcended hearts. Two souls, now unalterably […]

Free Verse

I now delight In spite Of the might And the right Of classic tradition, In writing And reciting Straight ahead, […]

Mr. Philosopher

Old Mr. Philosopher Comes for Ben and Claire, An ugly man, a tall man, With bright-red hair. The books that […]


Here down this very way, Here only yesterday King Faun went leaping. He sang, with careless shout Hurling his name […]

Call It a Good Marriage

Call it a good marriage – For no one ever questioned Her warmth, his masculinity, Their interlocking views; Except one […]

The Caterpillar

Under this loop of honeysuckle, A creeping, coloured caterpillar, I gnaw the fresh green hawthorn spray, I nibble it leaf […]

Wild Strawberries

Strawberries that in gardens grow Are plump and juicy fine, But sweeter far as wise men know Spring from the […]

She Tells Her Love

She tells her love while half asleep, In the dark hours, With half-words whispered low: As Earth stirs in her […]

Lost Love

His eyes are quickened so with grief, He can watch a grass or leaf Every instant grow; he can Clearly […]


August 6, 1916.-Officer previously reported died of wounds, now reported wounded: Graves, Captain R., Royal Welch Fusiliers.) …but I was […]

An Old Twenty-Third Man

“Is that the Three-and-Twentieth, Strabo mine, Marching below, and we still gulping wine?” From the sad magic of his fragrant […]

The Beach

Louder than gulls the little children scream Whom fathers haul into the jovial foam; But others fearlessly rush in, breast […]

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