English poetry

Poems in English

Blind

His headstrong thoughts that once in eager strife Leapt sure from eye to brain and back to eye, Weaving unconscious […]

Editorial Impressions

He seemed so certain ‘all was going well’, As he discussed the glorious time he’d had While visiting the trenches. […]

An Old French Poet

When in your sober mood my body have ye laid In sight and sound of things beloved, woodland and stream, […]

Vision

I love all things that pass: their briefness is Music that fades on transient silences. Winds, birds, and glittering leaves […]

To Any Dead Officer

Well, how are things in Heaven? I wish you’d say, Because I’d like to know that you’re all right. Tell […]

Night-Piece

Ye hooded witches, baleful shapes that moan, Quench your fantastic lanterns and be still; For now the moon through heaven […]

Suicide In The Trenches

I knew a simple soldier boy Who grinned at life in empty joy, Slept soundly through the lonesome dark, And […]

Repression of War Experience

Now light the candles; one; two; there’s a moth; What silly beggars they are to blunder in And scorch their […]

Haunted

Evening was in the wood, louring with storm. A time of drought had sucked the weedy pool And baked the […]

At Carnoy

Down in the hollow there’s the whole Brigade Camped in four groups: through twilight falling slow I hear a sound […]

Thrushes

Tossed on the glittering air they soar and skim, Whose voices make the emptiness of light A windy palace. Quavering […]

To My Brother

Give me your hand, my brother, search my face; Look in these eyes lest I should think of shame; For […]

Villon

They threw me from the gates: my matted hair Was dank with dungeon wetness; my spent frame O’erlaid with marish […]

Song-Books of the War

In fifty years, when peace outshines Remembrance of the battle lines, Adventurous lads will sigh and cast Proud looks upon […]

Died of Wounds

His wet white face and miserable eyes Brought nurses to him more than groans and sighs: But hoarse and low […]

Autumn

October’s bellowing anger breaks and cleaves The bronzed battalions of the stricken wood In whose lament I hear a voice […]

Lovers

You were glad to-night: and now you’ve gone away. Flushed in the dark, you put your dreams to bed; But […]

The Kiss

To these I turn, in these I trust; Brother Lead and Sister Steel. To his blind power I make appeal; […]

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