English poetry

Poems in English

The Assault Heroic

Down in the mud I lay, Tired out by my long day Of five damned days and nights, Five sleepless […]

The Cool Web

Children are dumb to say how hot the day is, How hot the scent is of the summer rose, How […]

Warning to Children

Children, if you dare to think Of the greatness, rareness, muchness Fewness of this precious only Endless world in which […]

An English Wood

This valley wood is pledged To the set shape of things, And reasonably hedged: Here are no harpies fledged, No […]

To Robert Nichols

(From Frise on the Somme in February, 1917, in answer to a letter saying: “I am just finishing my ‘Faun’s […]

To an Ungentle Critic

The great sun sinks behind the town Through a red mist of Volnay wine…. But what’s the use of setting […]


BOY Most venerable and learned sir, Tall and true Philosopher, These rings of smoke you blow all day With such […]

Goliath and David

(For D. C. T., Killed at Fricourt, March, 1916) Yet once an earlier David took Smooth pebbles from the brook: […]

Corporal Stare

Back from the line one night in June, I gave a dinner at Bethune – Seven courses, the most gorgeous […]


The child alone a poet is: Spring and Fairyland are his. Truth and Reason show but dim, And all’s poetry […]

The Poet in the Nursery

The youngest poet down the shelves was fumbling In a dim library, just behind the chair From which the ancient […]

Double Red Daisies

Double red daisies, they’re my flowers, Which nobody else may grow. In a big quarrelsome house like ours They try […]

Down, Wanton, Down!

Down, wanton, down! Have you no shame That at the whisper of Love’s name, Or Beauty’s, presto! up you raise […]

The Shivering Beggar

NEAR Clapham village, where fields began, Saint Edward met a beggar man. It was Christmas morning, the church bells tolled, […]

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