Poem of the Week: “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness”

One of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. If you’re curious about who Mongan is, there’s a good little explanation here. “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness” by William Butler Yeats I have drunk ale from the Country of the Young And weep because I know all things now: I have beenContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness””

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Poem of the Week: “La Belle Dame sans Merci”

Today, October 31, happens to be the 220th birthday of one of the most celebrated poets in English literature, Mr. John Keats. So today, I post one of my favorite poems of his: “La Belle Dame sans Merci” by John Keats O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has witheredContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “La Belle Dame sans Merci””

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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 Pulley”

During a recent book haul (more on that next week), I bought an old copy of The Oxford Book of English Verse for the exorbitant amount of $2. 😉 Since then, I’ve been poking around it, reading all the poets that my fellow bloggers swear by whom I’ve never read. One of them is GeorgeContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Pulley””

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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: “A Psalm of Life”

Please forgive my negligence in updating this series and enjoy this poem by Longfellow: “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “A Psalm of Life””

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Poem of the Week: “There Is No Frigate Like a Book”

When in doubt, Dickinson. “There Is No Frigate Like a Book” by Emily Dickinson There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “There Is No Frigate Like a Book””

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Poem of the Week: “Desdichado”

One of my most favorite poems of all time. I hope you all like it! “Desdichado” by Dorothy L. Sayers Christ walks the world again, His lute upon His back, His red robe rent to tatters, His riches gone to rack, The wind that wakes the morning blows His hair about His face, His handsContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Desdichado””

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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: “If Only We Had Taller Been”

In honor of the ninety-fifth birthday of the wonderful, beautiful, talented, exuberant, incandescent Ray Bradbury, I’m posting this video of him reciting his poem “If Only We Had Taller Been.” How fortunate that his birthday would fall on a Saturday. 🙂

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Poem of the Week: “Flower in the Crannied Wall”

“Flower in the Crannied Wall” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower–but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.

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