English poetry

Poems in English

Promise Of Peace

The heads of strong old age are beautiful Beyond all grace of youth. They have strange quiet, Integrity, health, soundness, […]

The Summit Redwood

Only stand high a long enough time your lightning will come; that is what blunts the peaks of redwoods; But […]

Natural Music

The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers, (Winter has given them gold for silver To stain […]

Rock And Hawk

Here is a symbol in which Many high tragic thoughts Watch their own eyes. This gray rock, standing tall On […]

So Many Blood-Lakes

We have now won two world-wars, neither of which concerned us, we were Slipped in. We have levelled the powers […]

The Purse-Seine

Our sardine fishermen work at night in the dark of the moon; daylight or moonlight They could not tell where […]

To The House

I am heaping the bones of the old mother To build us a hold against the host of the air; […]

The Answer

Then what is the answer?- Not to be deluded by dreams. To know that great civilizations have broken down into […]

Quia Absurdum

Guard yourself from the terrible empty light of space, the bottomless Pool of the stars. (Expose yourself to it: you […]

Now Returned Home

Beyond the narrows of the Inner Hebrides We sailed the cold angry sea toward Barra, where Heaval mountain Lifts like […]

Wise Men In Their Bad Hours

Wise men in their bad hours have envied The little people making merry like grasshoppers In spots of sunlight, hardly […]

Contemplation Of The Sword

Reason will not decide at last; the sword will decide. The sword: an obsolete instrument of bronze or steel, formerly […]

Praise Life

This country least, but every inhabited country Is clotted with human anguish. Remember that at your feasts. And this is […]


The mad girl with the staring eyes and long white fingers Hooked in the stones of the wall, The storm-wrack […]

The Broken Balance

I. Reference to a Passage in Plutarch’s Life of Sulla The people buying and selling, consuming pleasures, talking in the […]

Ave Caesar

No bitterness: our ancestors did it. They were only ignorant and hopeful, they wanted freedom but wealth too. Their children […]


I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside Above the ocean. I saw through […]

Hurt Hawks

I The broken pillar of the wing jags from the clotted shoulder, The wing trails like a banner in defeat, […]

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