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Author: SITWELL, EDITH
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Sitwell, Edith    Poet's Biography
126 poems available by this author


AN OLD WOMAN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: I, an old woman in the light of the sun
Last Line: Forgive and bless all men like the holy light.
Subject(s): Life; Old Age


AN OLD WOMAN: 2. HARVEST    Poem Text    
First Line: I, an old woman whose heart is like the sun
Last Line: "sign from the dead."
Subject(s): Old Age


AT THE FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Green wooden leaves clap light away,
Subject(s): Country Fairs


BUCOLIC COMEDY: AUBADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Jane, jane / tall as a crane
Last Line: The morning light creaks down again!
Subject(s): Morning; Poetry & Poets


BUCOLIC COMEDY: CACOPHONY FOR CLARINET    Poem Text    
First Line: Said the dairymaid
Last Line: To play with her endless vacancy of mind!
Subject(s): Farm Life


BUCOLIC COMEDY: CLOWN ARGHEB'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Clown argheb the honey-bee
Last Line: But the pink freezing stars!
Subject(s): Bees


BUCOLIC COMEDY: COUNTRY COUSIN: VARIATION 1    Poem Text    
First Line: In summer when the rose-bushes
Last Line: But oh, the treasure heaven gains.
Subject(s): Hens; Death Animals


BUCOLIC COMEDY: COUNTRY COUSIN: VARIATION 2    Poem Text    
First Line: In summer when the rose-bushes
Last Line: The gardener ties in childish posies.
Subject(s): Country Life


BUCOLIC COMEDY: COUNTRY COUSIN: VARIATION 3    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds are bunched roses
Last Line: On a budding branch heard.
Subject(s): Roses


BUCOLIC COMEDY: COUNTRY DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: That hobnailed goblin, the bobtailed hob
Last Line: Come away!
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


BUCOLIC COMEDY: EARLY SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: The wooden chalets of the cloud
Last Line: Beginnings of first earthy things!
Subject(s): Spring


BUCOLIC COMEDY: EN FAMILLE    Poem Text    
First Line: In early spring-time, after their tea
Last Line: "as greenwich, or as bath, or joppa!"
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


BUCOLIC COMEDY: EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: Prince absolam and sir rotherham redde
Last Line: Instead of the cherries ruddy and cold.
Subject(s): Gold


BUCOLIC COMEDY: FANTOCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: The stars were like prunes
Last Line: "the saturnine asinine bray of the seas!"


BUCOLIC COMEDY: FLEECING TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Queen venus, like a bunch of roses
Last Line: "cried ""come and be fleeced -- each sheepish fool!"
Subject(s): Fleecing


BUCOLIC COMEDY: FOX TROT    Poem Text    
First Line: Old / sir / faulk, / tall as a stork
Last Line: Lest the flood -- the flood -- the flood begin again through these!
Subject(s): Mary Ii, Queen Of England (1662-1694); William Iii, King Of England (1650-1702)


BUCOLIC COMEDY: GARDENER JANUS CATCHES A NAIAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Baskets of ripe fruit in air
Last Line: Quick as these.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


BUCOLIC COMEDY: GREEN GEESE    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees were hissing like green geese
Last Line: "sighed those green geese, ""now the queen is dead."
Subject(s): Trees


BUCOLIC COMEDY: KING COPHETUA AND THE BEGGAR MAID    Poem Text    
First Line: The five-pointed crude pink tinsel star
Last Line: "that shall drop down their dew on her sleeping eyes."
Subject(s): Burne-jones, Edward Coley (1833-1898); Cophetua, King (Legend); Paintings And Painters


BUCOLIC COMEDY: LADY IMMORALINE; TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT ROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: From the great house platformed flat as a cage
Last Line: For beauty's bier.


BUCOLIC COMEDY: ON THE VANITY OF HUMAN ASPIRATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cold wind, towers grind round
Last Line: "it was a sad catastrophe!"
Subject(s): Vanity


BUCOLIC COMEDY: PAVANE    Poem Text    
First Line: Annunciata stands
Last Line: Reached the beggar's daughter.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Dancing & Dancers


BUCOLIC COMEDY: PLATITUDES    Poem Text    
First Line: The news of queen anne's death comes to arouse
Last Line: "of the snow that is cold as a nectarine!"


BUCOLIC COMEDY: POLKA    Poem Text    
First Line: Tra la la la / see me dance the polka
Last Line: "la!' "


BUCOLIC COMEDY: POOR MARTHA    Poem Text    
First Line: By white wool houses thick with sleep
Last Line: Poor martha, since her love is drowned.


BUCOLIC COMEDY: POPULAR SONG; FOR CONSTANT LAMBERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Lily o'grady / silly and shady
Last Line: And dust forbids the bird to sing.


BUCOLIC COMEDY: ROSE (IMITATED FROM SKELTON)    Poem Text    
First Line: In the fields like an indian mazery
Last Line: That made laughing rose a religion.


BUCOLIC COMEDY: SERENADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The tremulous gold of stars within your hair
Last Line: Ere those bright bees have flown, and darkness dies.
Subject(s): Serenity


BUCOLIC COMEDY: SPINNING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The miller's daughter
Last Line: "if the spinning-wheel time move slow or fast."
Subject(s): Spinning


BUCOLIC COMEDY: SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: When spring begins, the maids in flocks
Last Line: Singing their cold, forlorn madrigals.
Subject(s): Spring


BUCOLIC COMEDY: SPRINGING JACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Green wooden leaves clap light away
Last Line: Falls on my eyes and sense thrills through.


BUCOLIC COMEDY: THE BEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Water-green is the flowing pollard
Last Line: Down.
Subject(s): Animals; Bears


BUCOLIC COMEDY: THE DOLL    Poem Text    
First Line: If cold grew visible again
Last Line: Play with my doll, though I'm in bed!
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


BUCOLIC COMEDY: THE FIVE MUSICIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue-leaved fig-trees swell with laughter
Last Line: In the sleepy house of sir rotherham redde!


BUCOLIC COMEDY: THE FOX; FOR ANN PEARN    Poem Text    
First Line: Said old sir jason, the red-gold fox
Last Line: Neath the wall of the tall nodding town of the shade.
Subject(s): Clowns; Comedy; Laughter


BUCOLIC COMEDY: THE HIGHER SENSUALISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Queen circe, the farmer's wife at the fair
Last Line: Hornpipe and rigaudon on the fair's ground.


BUCOLIC COMEDY: THE TOILETTE OF MYRRHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Siesta time is hot in hell
Last Line: The night to make her beauty-patch.


BUCOLIC COMEDY: THREE POOR WITCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Whirring, walking / on the tree-top
Last Line: Where quilted dark with tree shade joins.


BUCOLIC COMEDY: TWO KITCHEN SONGS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The harsh bray and hollow
Last Line: But psyche -- where, oh where, is she?


BUCOLIC COMEDY: TWO KITCHEN SONGS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Grey as a guinea-fowl is the rain
Last Line: "of the old witch who sits on the rail!"


BUCOLIC COMEDY: WHEN THE SAILOR    Poem Text    
First Line: When the sailor left the seas
Last Line: "or dew too fair for flower to weep."


BUCOLIC COMEDY: WHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Noah's granddaughter / sat on his knee
Last Line: "noah said ""damn!"
Subject(s): Noah (Bible)


BY CANDLELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Houses red as flower of bean,
Subject(s): Relationships


BY THE LAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Across the thick and the pastel snow
Last Line: Of overtones, ecstasies, grown for love's shroud.


DIRGE FOR THE NEW SUNRISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Bound to my heart as ixion to the wheel
Subject(s): Nuclear War; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


EIGHT SONGS TO MY SISTER GEORGIA: 1. DAPHNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Heat of the sun that maketh all men black
Last Line: To fill with richness all my desert heart.


EIGHT SONGS TO MY SISTER GEORGIA: 2. THE SYLPH'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The cornucopia of ceres
Last Line: "listen to my serenade."


EIGHT SONGS TO MY SISTER GEORGIA: 3. THE PEACH TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Between the amber portals of the sea
Last Line: Till at your feet I pour my golden love.


EIGHT SONGS TO MY SISTER GEORGIA: 4. THE STRAWBERRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath my dog-furred leaves you see
Last Line: Like all the glittering desert of the air when the hot sun goes by.


EIGHT SONGS TO MY SISTER GEORGIA: 5. THE GREENGAGE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: From gold-mosaic'd wave
Last Line: And sticky from the dew my golden net doth hold.


EIGHT SONGS TO MY SISTER GEORGIA: 6. THE NECTARINE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: This rich and swanskin tree has grown
Last Line: Or moonlight falling in her deep sea-tinselled chamber.


EIGHT SONGS TO MY SISTER GEORGIA: 7. THE CHERRY TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why has the shepherdess black with the sun
Last Line: To the ethiopian splendour night.


EIGHT SONGS TO MY SISTER GEORGIA: 8. THE SERENADE AT MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: A page sings
Last Line: "among those green leaves sigh this serenade."


ELEGY FOR DYLAN THOMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Black venus of the dead, what sun of night
Subject(s): Thomas, Dylan (1914-1953)


ELEGY: THE GHOST WHOSE LIPS WERE WARM; FOR GEOFFREY GORER    Poem Text    
First Line: The ice, weeping, breaks
Last Line: "she had to warm her eternal night."
Subject(s): Ghosts; Supernatural


ELEGY: THE HAMBONE AND THE HEART; TO PAVEL TCHELITCHEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in this great house in the barrack square
Last Line: The worm where once the kiss clung, and that last less chasm-deep farewell.


ELEGY: THE LAMENT OF EDWARD BLASTOCK; FOR RICHARD ROWLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: The pang of the long century of rains
Last Line: Could I but know she was not this, -- not this!
Subject(s): Betrayal; Blastock, Edward (D. 1738); Crime & Criminals


ELEGY: THE LITTLE GHOST WHO DIED FOR LOVE; FOR ALLANAH HARPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear not, o maidens, shivering
Last Line: "but this old world, is sick and soon must die!"
Subject(s): Churchill, Deborah (1678-1708); Ghosts; Injustice; Love; Supernatural


FACADE: 1. PERE AMELOT    Poem Text    
First Line: The stars like quaking-grass grow in each gap
Last Line: He knows there is nothing at all!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FACADE: 10. ASS-FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ass-face drank / the asses' milk of the stars
Last Line: Expelled from the golden bars!


FACADE: 11. THE OCTOGENARIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The octogenarian
Last Line: Vast moon azoic.


FACADE: 12. SAID THE NOCTAMBULO    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath the gilt capricorn
Last Line: "and the walled jericho."


FACADE: 13. CAME THE GREAT POPINJAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Came the great popinjay
Last Line: With civet breath.


FACADE: 14. BLACK MRS. BEHEMOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: In a room of the palace
Last Line: Rolling on!


FACADE: 15. SAID KING POMPEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Said king pompey, the emperor's ape
Last Line: "the flunkeyed and trumpeting sea!"


FACADE: 16. THE AVENUE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the huge and glassy room
Last Line: Octaves fall as emptily.


FACADE: 17. DARK SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The fire was furry as a bear
Last Line: Grumbled too!
Subject(s): Animals


FACADE: 18. MARINER MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: What are you staring at, mariner-man
Last Line: "(and what can that matter to me?)"


FACADE: 19. FETE GALANTE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the muscadine-glowing noon
Last Line: And shakes her curls, as pearly as their shells!


FACADE: 2. THE BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Castellated, tall, / from battlements fall
Last Line: Quacks, clacks, afraid.
Subject(s): Animals; Bats


FACADE: 20. THE SATYR IN THE PERIWIG    Poem Text    
First Line: The satyr scarabombardon
Last Line: "tear off a satyr's periwig!"


FACADE: 21. THE OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: The currants, moonlit as mother bunch
Last Line: As poor mrs. Bunch arranged her bustle.
Subject(s): Birds; Owls


FACADE: 22. ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: The vast grey trees
Last Line: In the long avenue!
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


FACADE: 23. FADING SLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Fading slow
Last Line: Rose-roots that stir!


FACADE: 24. AN OLD WOMAN LAMENTS IN SPRINGTIME    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk on grass as soft as wool
Last Line: That those heavenly branches made. . . .
Subject(s): Love


FACADE: 25. WATER PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Rose castles / those bustles
Last Line: Laid low by the ondine.


FACADE: 26. HORNPIPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sailors come / to the drum
Last Line: "are hot as any hottentot and not the goods for me!"


FACADE: 27. WHEN SIR BEELZEBUB    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When / sir / beelzebub called for his syllabub in the hotel in hell
Last Line: ... None of them come!
Subject(s): Crimean War (1853-1856); Hell; Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892); Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron


FACADE: 3. CLOWN'S HOUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath the flat and paper sky
Last Line: Slowly enveloped me.


FACADE: 4. THE WIND'S BASTINADO    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind's bastinado
Last Line: Of bunched leaves let her singing die.


FACADE: 5. LULLABY FOR JUMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: Jumbo asleep!
Last Line: Seem still mouldier?


FACADE: 6. TRIO FOR TWO CATS AND A TROMBONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Long steel grass
Last Line: In the palace of the queen chinee!


FACADE: 7. MADAME MOUSE TROTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Madame mouse trots
Last Line: All's well with the world!
Subject(s): Mice


FACADE: 8. FOUR IN THE MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Cried the navy-blue ghost
Last Line: Rhinoceros-black (a flowing sea!).


FACADE: 9. 'I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE'    Poem Text    
First Line: When / don / pasquito arrived at the seaside
Last Line: For what they hear, they repeat!


GOLD COAST CUSTOMS    Poem Text    
First Line: One fantee wave
Last Line: For the fires of god go marching on.
Subject(s): Customs, Social; Gold Coast, Africa


HEART AND MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Said the lion to the lioness - 'when you are amber dust'
Last Line: One.'
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


HERODIADE; TO INEZ CHANDOS-PEALE    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow dies, that was cold as coral
Last Line: Their's is no dance that she must learn.


HOW MANY HEAVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: The emeralds are singing on the grasses
Subject(s): Spring


INTERLUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Amid this hot green glowing gloom
Last Line: And bird-blood leap within your veins.


LULLABY       
First Line: Though the world has slipped and gone
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


MARINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pink faces (worlds or flowers or seas or stars)
Last Line: Disturb the general somnolence.
Subject(s): Fireworks; Music & Musicians


METROPOLITAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The world grows furry, grunts with sleep
Last Line: Strange threads to hold time fast.
Subject(s): Memory; Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


MOST LOVELY SHADE; FOR ALICE BOUVERIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Most lovely dark, my aethiopia born
Last Line: Shall pour such splendour as your heart to me.
Subject(s): Clouds


NIGHT PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadows' saracenic hordes
Last Line: Of age and wait for the clock's cold chime.
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


NIGHT PIECE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The cold hours pass
Last Line: Neath the wintry moon!
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


PERPETUUM MOBILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pilk lauds the verse of jobble to the skies
Subject(s): Criticism & Critics


PRELUDE TO A FAIRY TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Clear as wistaria branches, waterfalls
Last Line: Shouted in all the gutters of the town.
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


PRELUDE; FOR GEOFFREY GORER    Poem Text    
First Line: When our long sun into the dark had set
Last Line: Remakes all things and men in holiness.
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Heroism; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones; Heroes; Heroines


SERENADE: ANY MAN TO ANY WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark angel who art clear and straight
Subject(s): Women


STILL FALLS THE RAIN; THE RAIDS, 1940. NIGHT AND DAWN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Still falls the rain - / dark as the world of man, black as our loss
Last Line: "still do I love, still shed my innocent light, my blood, for thee."
Subject(s): Air Raids; Air Warfare; Crucifixion; Religion; World War Ii; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Theology; Second World War


THE COAT OF FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Amid the thunders of the falling dark
Last Line: The heedless world upon a heaving shoulder.
Subject(s): Humanity


THE DANCERS (DURING A GREAT BATTLE, 1916)    Poem Text    
First Line: The floors are slippery with blood
Subject(s): Women; World War I; First World War


THE DRUM: THE NARRATIVE OF THE DEMON OF TEDWORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: In his tall senatorial
Last Line: Where the drum rolls up the stair, nor tarries.
Subject(s): Drums; Musical Instruments; Winter; Witchcraft & Witches


THE MADNESS OF SAUL    Poem Text    
First Line: O vineyards of the world, cry to the dawn
Last Line: Crush down the beat of time. It was my heart.


THE MAN WITH THE GREEN PATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Look through those periwigged green trees
Last Line: Murmuring softly, never die.


THE SLEEPING BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: When we come to that dark house
Last Line: "and songs no heart can understand."


THE SWANS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the green light of water, like the day
Subject(s): Birds; Swans


THE WEB OF EROS    Poem Text    
First Line: Within your magic web of hair lies furled
Last Line: The fire and splendour of the ancient world.


THE YOUTH WITH RED-GOLD HAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: The gold-armoured ghost from the roman road
Last Line: Forlorn.'
Subject(s): Aging; Sun; Youth


TOURNEZ, TOURNEZ, BON CHEVAUX DE BOIS'    Poem Text    


TROY PARK: 1. THE WARMTH OF SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the five-pointed, the great gold sun
Last Line: "the clouds have long wild hair that tangles sleep."
Subject(s): Spring


TROY PARK: 2. COLONEL FANTOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus spoke the lady underneath the trees
Last Line: Cold death had taken his first citadel.


TROY PARK: 3. MADEMOISELLE RICHARDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beside the haunted lake where nereids seem
Last Line: And she has her own resting-place at last.


TROY PARK: 4. THE PLEASURE GARDENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Do you remember, damon, the hot noons
Last Line: Songs from some far-off land, -- the distant music!


TROY PARK: 5. THE CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: His kind velvet bonnet
Last Line: With nobody to care.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


TROY PARK: 6. PANDORA'S BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: Suave as music the long house seemed platformed
Last Line: Yet all that box held was a small thin letter.


TWO PROMENADES SENTIMENTALES: 1. RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Beside the smooth black lacquer sea
Last Line: Embodied in this ghostly hour. . . .
Subject(s): Rain


TWO PROMENADES SENTIMENTALES: 2. PROFESSOR SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: One time when the cold red winter sun
Last Line: Of ivory, scentless flowers are born.


TWO VARIATIONS ON AN OLD NURSEY RHYME: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The king of china's daughter, / she never would love me
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Love - Cultural Differences; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


TWO VARIATIONS ON AN OLD NURSEY RHYME: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The king of china's daughter / so beautiful to see
Last Line: Has yet caught me.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Courtship; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


VARIATIONS ON A THEME: ELEGY ON DEAD FASHION; TO THOMAS BALSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Queen venus' old historians seem like bees
Last Line: Some memory of what I was, and weep.


VARIATIONS ON A THEME: METAMORPHOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The coral-cold snow seemed the parthenon
Last Line: In the sun's light, before my sad eternities.


VARIATIONS ON A THEME: ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: She grew within his heart as the flushed rose
Last Line: A ghost turn to a perfume on the leaves.
Subject(s): Romance


WHAT THE GOOSE-GIRL SAID ABOUT THE DEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Turn again, turn again, / goose clothilda, goosie jane.
Subject(s): Snoring


WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Dagobert lay in front of the fire
Last Line: And ripens not in the heart or head!
Subject(s): Winter