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Author: AIKEN, CONRAD
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Aiken, Conrad    Poet's Biography
109 poems available by this author


1915: THE TRENCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: All night long, it has seemed for many years
Last Line: Will the word come to-day?
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


AERIAL DODDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ingratitude--the damned ingratitude!
Last Line: Curl round those knees, and see the young mouth tremble
Subject(s): Absense; Desire


AMOROSA AND COMPANY    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, there was still a sure hand, anyway,
Last Line: And stared at red mirrored eyes. She was getting old
Subject(s): Aging; Jealousy


ASPHALT    Poem Text    
First Line: Light your cigarette, then, in this shadow
Last Line: We toss our tortured hands, to no escape.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationship


AT A CONCERT OF MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Be still, while the music rises about us; the deep enchantment
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


ATLANTIS    Poem Text    
First Line: There was an island in the sea
Last Line: Crabs on the pale mosaic creep
Subject(s): Atlantis; Mythology - Classical


BAIN'S CATS AND RATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Quiet, and almost bashful, and seldom looking
Last Line: And then he'd glance, half-scared, into the wings
Subject(s): Circus; Death; Dead, The


BOARDMAN AND COFFIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I told him straight, if he touched me, just once more
Last Line: And a wind rushed after them. And that was all
Subject(s): Circus; Murder; Suicide


COUNTERPOINT: TWO ROOMS    Poem Text    
First Line: He, in the room above, grown old and tired
Last Line: The slow grey clouds go slowly gainst the sky
Subject(s): Seasons; Death; Man-women Relationships; Despair; Happiness


DANCING ADAIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold me, in my chiffon, gauze, and tinsel,
Last Line: Now I sink into you, for love of sleep
Subject(s): Fireflies; Love; Glowworms


DILEMMA    Poem Text    
First Line: Not for the sordid do we seek
Last Line: A still shape came to look at stars. . .


DISCORD    Poem Text    
First Line: The hurdy-gurdy sings in the morning
Last Line: And cherry blossoms crowding to hide the dead.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Dead, The


DISCORDANTS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Music I heard with you was more than music
Last Line: They knew you once, o beautiful and wise.
Variant Title(s): Bread And Music
Subject(s): Life Change Events; Love; Love - Loss Of; Love - Nature Of


DISCORDANTS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: My heart has become as hard as a city street
Last Line: Or were you only a dream?
Subject(s): Absense


DISCORDANTS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Dead cleopatra lies in a crystal casket
Last Line: Sending up grass and blossoms to the sky
Subject(s): Cleopatra, Queen Of Egypt (69-30 B.c.)


DISCORDANTS: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Dead cleopatra lies in a crystal casket,
Last Line: Sending up grass and blossoms to the sky
Subject(s): Cleopatra, Queen Of Egypt (69-30 B.c.)


DISCORDANTS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: In the noisy street
Last Line: You on the farther shore, and I in this street
Subject(s): Absense


DUVAL'S BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The parrot, screeching, flew out into the darkness,
Last Line: The little white ones winked round yellow eyes
Subject(s): Parrots


EARTH TEDIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: If part of earth, I am a sullen part
Last Line: And in all fruitfulness there lurks a pain.
Subject(s): Earth; Life; World


EARTH TRIUMPHANT    Poem Text    
First Line: The warm sun covers earth again
Last Line: This may, as last may, brought him mirth.


EPISODE    Poem Text    
First Line: So, to begin with, dust blows down the street
Last Line: Saying no word, since there's no word to say.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love; Passion


EPISODE IN GREY    Poem Text    
First Line: So, to begin with, dust blows down the street
Last Line: Saying no word, since there's no word to say
Subject(s): Togetherness


EVENSONG    Poem Text    
First Line: This song is of no importance
Last Line: The perfect quiet that comes after rain.
Subject(s): Cities; Singing & Singers; Urban Life; Songs


GABRIEL DE FORD    Poem Text    
First Line: He slips in through the stage-door, always singing;
Last Line: He cried like a baby: what do you think of that
Subject(s): Ventriloquists & Ventriloquist Dummies


HAUNTED CHAMBERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The lamp-lit page is turned, the dream forgotten
Last Line: Let us return, hear music, and forget
Subject(s): Family Life


HERMAN MELVILLE       
First Line: My towers at last!'
Subject(s): Melville, Herman (1819-1891)


ILLICIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Of what she said to me that night - no matter
Last Line: She played this tune? - or what, then, was intended?
Subject(s): Music Y& Musicians; Forgetfulness; Memory


INNOCENCE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me be always one with earth
Last Line: Earth, bid your lovers rise from me!
Subject(s): Innocence


INNOCENCE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: By the old stone bridge he met a van
Last Line: That blew away so peacefully?
Subject(s): Children; Innocence; Peace; Youth; Childhood


KING BORBORIGMI    Poem Text    
First Line: You say you heard king borborigmi laugh?
Last Line: But has bad dreams. I fear he has bad dreams
Subject(s): Dreams


LAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: You, whom these eyes, no longer mine
Last Line: Youthful and cruel, wild, divine!
Subject(s): Youth; Old Age; Self


LAUGHTER (YOUTH SPEAKS TO HIS OWN OLD AGE)    Poem Text    
First Line: You, whom these eyes, no longer mine
Last Line: Youthful and cruel, wild, divine!
Subject(s): Old Age; Youth


LOVE'S GRAMMARIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Periwinkle - bluet - quaker lady
Last Line: These shall be time and place
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Love – Nature Of


MANY EVENINGS: PRELUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: As evening falls
Last Line: Through half-lit halls which treach no end
Subject(s): Night


MEDITATION ON A JUNE EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: As evening comes, my thoughts turn back to you
Last Line: And a certain place.
Subject(s): Love; Meditation; Memory


MELODY IN A RESTAURANT    Poem Text    
Last Line: My errand is not so simple as it seems
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Restaurants


MIRACLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Twilight is spacious, near things in it seem far
Last Line: Into the darkness. . . . It is exquisite.
Subject(s): Apostles; Bible; Jesus Christ; Miracles; Resurrection, The; Disciples, Twelve


MULTITUDES TURN IN DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The half-shut doors through which we heard that music
Last Line: And enter our dreams again
Subject(s): Dreams


NIGHTMARE    Poem Text    
First Line: All night long, / we have heard the sound of guns
Last Line: Will the word come to-day?'
Subject(s): Memory; Old Age; Sleep


NOCTURNE IN A MINOR KEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I will say: I walked alone in whistling darkness
Last Line: The lover, ridiculous; the loved, sublime.
Subject(s): Dreams; Night; Shadows; Sleep; Nightmares; Bedtime


NOCTURNE OF REMEMBERED SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight silvers the tops of trees
Last Line: And then we laugh, with shadows in our eyes.
Subject(s): Death; Hearts; Love - Loss Of; Memory; Old Age; Spring; Dead, The


PALIMPSEST: THE DECEITFUL PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, as you say, we live for small horizons
Subject(s): Deception


PARASITICS: TO CERTAIN POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who are you, now, that thus presume
Last Line: There will be music in his breath!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


PORTRAIT OF ONE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: This is her house. On one side there is darkness
Last Line: We'll never know, you say, for she is dead.
Subject(s): Death; Home; Dead, The


PRIAPUS AND THE POOL, SELECTION       
First Line: First the white crocus, and then the purple; then the rain
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


PRIAPUS AND THE POOL: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the shape of the leaf, and this of the flower
Last Line: This is what you are to me.
Variant Title(s): Portrait Of A Girl


ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The last farewells were said, friends hurried ashore
Last Line: Ere it goes down to darkness, whence it came! . . .
Subject(s): Betrayal; Boats; Death; Happiness; Lies; Love; New York City; Youth; Dead, The; Joy; Delight; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


ROSE AND MURRAY    Poem Text    
First Line: After the movie, when the lights come up
Last Line: "drew a heart and wrote, ""I'd die for you."
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Love - Loss Of


SEA HOLLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Begotten by the meeting of rock with rock
Last Line: The rock loved and laboured; and all is lost.
Subject(s): Loss


SEVEN TWILIGHTS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The ragged pilgrim, on the road to nowhere
Last Line: "a lantern, which he does not know is out."
Subject(s): Night; Trees; Bedtime


SEVEN TWILIGHTS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Now by the wall of the ancient town I lean
Last Line: And something that may be leaves or may be sea.
Variant Title(s): Twilight: Rye, Sussex
Subject(s): Night; Rye, England; Sea; Bedtime; Ocean


SEVEN TWILIGHTS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: When the tree bares, the music of it changes
Last Line: "your lights and music. It will be good to talk."
Variant Title(s): The House
Subject(s): Houses; Music & Musicians; Old Age


SEVEN TWILIGHTS: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the hour,' she said, 'of transmutation'
Last Line: "gathers the stars together and goes out."
Subject(s): Moon; Night; Bedtime


SEVEN TWILIGHTS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Now the great wheel of darkness and low clouds
Last Line: Cleaves the long darkness with a sword of light.
Subject(s): Rain; Wisdom


SEVEN TWILIGHTS: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Heaven, you say, will be a field in april
Last Line: Flower in the heart with the fragrance we call grief.
Subject(s): Dusk; Heaven; Paradise


SEVEN TWILIGHTS: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: In the long silence of the sea, the seaman
Last Line: That dreamed-of harbor lies which we would find.
Subject(s): Dreams; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Sea; Nightmares; Ocean


SILENT TORRENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: How is it that I am now so softly awakened
Last Line: Give me your hands, darling! We float downward
Subject(s): Lover - Nature Of


SONATA IN PATHOS    Poem Text    
First Line: Well, I am tired; tired of all these years
Last Line: I shall remember till I die.
Subject(s): Death; Memory; Shadows; Dead, The


SONNET: 1. THE BRIGHT MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Broad on the sunburnt hill the bright moon comes
Last Line: This god of myriad stars whom I thought lost.
Subject(s): Light; Moon; Night; Bedtime


SOPHISTICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: This man, I thought, had come too far
Last Line: And then, had no more love for earth.
Subject(s): Earth; World


SOUTH END    Poem Text    
First Line: The benches are broken, the grassplots brown and bare
Last Line: These are the city's earliest and tenderest loves
Subject(s): Parks


SPANISH EASTER: 1926    Poem Text    
First Line: Chickweed, gorse, pink cistus, and white, with furry leaves
Last Line: Blameless as soulless, and wholesome as a handful of thyme
Subject(s): Easter; The Resurrection


TETELESTAI    Poem Text    
First Line: How shall we praise the magnificence of the dead
Last Line: A fanfare of glory. . . . And which of us dares to deny him!
Subject(s): Mortality


THE APOLLO TRIO    Poem Text    
First Line: From acting profile parts in the legit,
Last Line: Of the girl he loved, or the one time he was star
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Songs


THE COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: REPORT BY MEDICAL STUDENT       
First Line: Facies / sallow and somewhat haggard; thin and pallid
Subject(s): Medical Students


THE CORNET    Poem Text    
First Line: When she came out, that white little russian dancer,
Last Line: And the tired fingers on the stops of his cornet
Subject(s): Desire; Dancing & Dancers


THE CYCLADS    Poem Text    
First Line: They have been longer than usual in coming to this place
Last Line: O purblind, blind, panhandler of the siltage in time's stream
Subject(s): Trees


THE EGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Ego! Ego! Burning blind
Last Line: A me!
Subject(s): Ego


THE GRASSHOPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Grasshopper / grasshopper
Last Line: To fall in grass again / and sing
Subject(s): Animals


THE HABEAS CORPUS BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cathedral the acolytes are praying
Last Line: Imprisonment or indefinite time in prison without a trial
Subject(s): Firefighters; Poetry & Poets


THE HOUSE OF DUST: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun goes down in a cold pale flare of light
Last Line: And hew rock out of the earth, and build them again.
Subject(s): Dreams; Evening; Faces; Rain; Nightmares; Sunset; Twilight


THE LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: In this glass palace are flowers in golden baskets
Last Line: Punctually, at a certain hour, on a certain date
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


THE MANDRILL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the mandrill
Last Line: And full of guile
Subject(s): Animals


THE QUARREL    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly, after the quarrel, while we waited
Last Line: And I touched your hand, and we kissed, without a word
Subject(s): Love


THE REJECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Sitting in a caf??, and watching her reflection
Last Line: And when he kissed her, hated him, but kissed him, passionately
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


THE ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Through that window—all else being extinct
Last Line: I will praise darkness now, but then the leaf
Subject(s): War; Trees; Creation


THE ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Through that window - all else being extinct
Subject(s): Creation


THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the new city of marble andd bright stone
Last Line: Who is unknown to himself
Subject(s): War


THE VAMPIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: She rose among us where we lay
Last Line: All night long he ploughed.
Subject(s): Peace; Vampires


THE WARS, AND THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER       
First Line: Dry leaves, soldier, dry leaves, dead leaves
Subject(s): War


THE WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: At noon, tithonus, withered by his singing
Last Line: Woke from the nap, forgetting him; and ate him.
Subject(s): Insects; Love - Nature Of; Mythology - Classical; Spiders; Bugs


THE WIND OF A DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I would like to touch this snow with the wind of a dream
Last Line: And hear you singing again by a starlit wall
Subject(s): Snow


TO MY WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever loveliness is in this music
Last Line: All these stars are yours; you gave them to me, skies!
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


TWO MCNEILS    Poem Text    
First Line: He skips out lithe and tense into the light,
Last Line: I'll meet you thursday night at half-past ten
Subject(s): Jealousy; Hatred; Weight Lifting; Bodybuilding


VARIATIONS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon distills a soft blue light
Last Line: Always in darkness walks with me?
Subject(s): Ghosts


VARIATIONS: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: Queen cleopatra, now grown old
Last Line: And the laugh that will not die.
Subject(s): Cleopatra, Queen Of Egypt (69-30 B.c.)


VARIATIONS: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: This night I dreamed that you shone before me
Last Line: And now I have lost you.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


VARIATIONS: 12    Poem Text    
First Line: Wind, wind, wind in the old trees
Last Line: None shall have mercy, but all shall have death.
Subject(s): Death; Wind; Dead, The


VARIATIONS: 13    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue waves are driven by wind
Last Line: The querulous praise will soon be mute.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Death; Love - Complaints; Dead, The


VARIATIONS: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Beautiful body made of ivory
Last Line: Quietly you possess me.
Subject(s): Beauty; Dreams; Nightmares


VARIATIONS: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: The sea falls all night on the yellow sand
Last Line: Immortally slaying, immortally dying.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


VARIATIONS: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: Against an orange twilight sky
Last Line: The streetlamp gleams like an evil eye.
Subject(s): Nature


VARIATIONS: 17    Poem Text    
First Line: Tear the pink rose petal by petal
Last Line: Will light again the same.
Subject(s): Flowers; Roses


VARIATIONS: 18    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun distills a golden light,
Last Line: For the sky is everywhere.
Subject(s): Dreams; Solitude; Nightmares


VARIATIONS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Green light, from the moon,
Last Line: Before the coming of snow.
Subject(s): Light


VARIATIONS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Wind in the sunlit trees, and the red leaves fall
Last Line: Making the trees more scarlet, the sky more blue.
Subject(s): Memory; Love


VARIATIONS: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, alone, unknown, in the darkness
Last Line: Passionate dancer.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


VARIATIONS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: From the cold fountain's sunlit lip
Last Line: The vanishing jewels with his wings.
Subject(s): Fountains


VARIATIONS: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: You are as beautiful as white clouds
Last Line: All hastening to the sun.
Subject(s): Beauty


VARIATIONS: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Red leaf, red leaf, falling to float
Last Line: Rose darkly before us.
Subject(s): Moon


VARIATIONS: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: In the mazes of loitering people, the watchful and furtive
Last Line: To divide us forever.
Variant Title(s): Chance Meetings
Subject(s): Love


VARIATIONS: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight, and shadows of leaves
Last Line: Fleeing.
Subject(s): Love


VIOLET MOORE AND BERT MOORE    Poem Text    
First Line: He thinks her little feet should pass
Last Line: A sweeter shadow upon a screen?
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


WHITE NOCTURNE    Poem Text    
First Line: The first soft snowflakes hovering down the night
Last Line: Wait far off in the undisturbing night.
Subject(s): Absence; Death; Ghosts; Love; Memory; Supernatural; Separation; Isolation; Dead, The


WILL YOU STEP INTO MY GRAVE, SIR? SAID THE DIGGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Will you step into my grave, sir? Said the digger / to the dead


YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: O earth, o mother dust, green star of heaven
Last Line: Smiling the same smile, dancing, dawn to dawn.
Subject(s): Youth


YOUTH IMPERTURBABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me not shrink at sight of death
Last Line: O I have much to laugh at yet!
Subject(s): Youth


YOUTH PENETRANT    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall grow calm in a little while
Last Line: I show life up to you . . . And smile!
Subject(s): Youth


ZUDORA    Poem Text    
First Line: Here on the pale beach, in the darkness;
Last Line: She's carnal, but cold as ice
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships