English poetry

Poems in English


I think if you had loved me when I wanted; If I’d looked up one day, and seen your eyes, […]


Fish (fly-replete, in depth of June, Dawdling away their wat’ry noon) Ponder deep wisdom, dark or clear, Each secret fishy […]

The Dead

Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead! There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old, But, dying, […]

Sleeping Out: Full Moon

They sleep within. . . . I cower to the earth, I waking, I only. High and cold thou dreamest, […]

Blue Evening

My restless blood now lies a-quiver, Knowing that always, exquisitely, This April twilight on the river Stirs anguish in the […]


All night the ways of Heaven were desolate, Long roads across a gleaming empty sky. Outcast and doomed and driven, […]


Because God put His adamantine fate Between my sullen heart and its desire, I swore that I would burst the […]

Choriambics I

Ah! not now, when desire burns, and the wind calls, and the suns of spring Light-foot dance in the woods, […]


“Oh! Love,” they said, “is King of Kings, And Triumph is his crown. Earth fades in flame before his wings, […]

The Song of the Pilgrims

(Halted around the fire by night, after moon-set, they sing this beneath the trees.) What light of unremembered skies Hast […]


Heart, you are restless as a paper scrap That’s tossed down dusty pavements by the wind; Saying, “She is most […]


When I see you, who were so wise and cool, Gazing with silly sickness on that fool You’ve given your […]

The Night Journey

Hands and lit faces eddy to a line; The dazed last minutes click; the clamour dies. Beyond the great-swung arc […]

In Examination

Lo! from quiet skies In through the window my Lord the Sun! And my eyes Were dazzled and drunk with […]

The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for […]

The Life Beyond

He wakes, who never thought to wake again, Who held the end was Death. He opens eyes Slowly, to one […]

There’s Wisdom In Women

“Oh love is fair, and love is rare;” my dear one she said, “But love goes lightly over.” I bowed […]


Opposite me two Germans snore and sweat. Through sullen swirling gloom we jolt and roar. We have been here for […]


Love is a breach in the walls, a broken gate, Where that comes in that shall not go again; Love […]

A Letter to a Live Poet

Sir, since the last Elizabethan died, Or, rather, that more Paradisal muse, Blind with much light, passed to the light […]


They say there’s a high windless world and strange, Out of the wash of days and temporal tide, Where Faith […]

I. Peace

Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour, And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping, […]

The Way That Lovers Use

The Way that lovers use is this; They bow, catch hands, with never a word, And their lips meet, and […]

The Jolly Company

The stars, a jolly company, I envied, straying late and lonely; And cried upon their revelry: “O white companionship! You […]


How should I know? The enormous wheels of will Drove me cold-eyed on tired and sleepless feet. Night was void […]

Menelaus and Helen

I Hot through Troy’s ruin Menelaus broke To Priam’s palace, sword in hand, to sate On that adulterous whore a […]


As those of old drank mummia To fire their limbs of lead, Making dead kings from Africa Stand pandar to […]


In your arms was still delight, Quiet as a street at night; And thoughts of you, I do remember, Were […]

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