Poem of the Week: “Pied Beauty”

Again, thanks to The Oxford Book of English Verse, I found this lovely little thing: “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced –Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Pied Beauty””

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Poem of the Week: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

This past week, most of my poetry reading has centered on the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. I would love to post one of his poems here, but, because he had the audacity to be born in 1939 and thus all of his poems are still under copyright, I’ll instead post this one from his literaryContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree””

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Poem of the Week: “Evening”

As far as I know, this poem was never published during Chesterton’s lifetime: he wrote it down in a notebook somewhere when he was about 21 and kept it to himself. True, it’s not as intricate as Chesterton’s later poems and the style seems quite unlike him, but for whatever reason, I think this mightContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Evening””

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Poem of the Week: “There’s a Certain Slant of Light”

If you’re not too sick of all the poetry talk yet, here’s a little gem by Emily Dickinson. “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” by Emily Dickinson There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes – Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – We can find noContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “There’s a Certain Slant of Light””

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Poem of the Week: “Mediaevalism”

What do you mean I post too much G. K. Chesterton? IS there such a thing as too much G. K. Chesterton?! “Mediaevalism” by G. K. Chesterton If men should rise and return to the noise and time of the tourney, The name and fame of the tabard, the tangle of gules and gold, WouldContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Mediaevalism””

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Poem of the Week: “A Second Childhood”

Through a recent conversation about the poetry of G. K. Chesterton, I discovered several wonderful poems of his, but of all of them, I think this one, from the book The Ballad of St. Barbara and Other Verses, is one of my favorites. “A Second Childhood” by G. K. Chesterton When all my days areContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “A Second Childhood””

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Poem of the Week: “Hymn to the Night”

“Hymn to the Night” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I heard the trailing garments of the Night Sweep through her marble halls! I saw her sable skirts all fringed with light From the celestial walls! I felt her presence, by its spell of might, Stoop o’er me from above; The calm, majestic presence of the Night,Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Hymn to the Night””

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