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Author: plath, sylvia
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Plath, Sylvia    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted, Mrs.
248 poems available by this author


A BETTER RESURRECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I have no wit, I have no words, no tears
Subject(s): Loneliness


A BIRTHDAY PRESENT    Poem Text    
First Line: What is this, behind this veil, is it ugly, is it beautiful?
Subject(s): Death; Birthdays; Dead, The


A LESSON IN VENGEANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dour ages
Subject(s): Evil


A LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Touch it: it won't shrink like an eyeball,
Subject(s): Life; Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


A SORCERER BIDS FAREWELL TO SEEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm through with this grand looking-glass hotel
Subject(s): Metaphor; Similes


A WINTER SHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: At this wharf there are no grand landings to speak of
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


ABOVE THE OXBOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in this valley of discreet academies
Subject(s): Nature


ADMONITION    Poem Text    
First Line: If you dissect a bird


AFTERMATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Compelled by calamity's magnet
Subject(s): Fire


ALICANTE LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: In alicante they bowl the barrels
Subject(s): Spain


ALL THE DEAD DEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Rigged poker-stiff on her back
Subject(s): Women


AMNESIAC    Poem Text    
First Line: No use, no use, now, begging recognize!
Subject(s): Amnesia


AMONG THE NARCISSI    Poem Text    
First Line: Spry, wry, and grey as these march sticks
Subject(s): Convalescence


AN APPEARANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The smile of iceboxes annihilates me
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


APPREHENSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is this white wall, above which the sky creates itself
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress


APRIL 18    Poem Text    
First Line: The slime of all my yesterdays
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


APRIL AUBADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Worship this world of watercolor mood
Subject(s): Spring


AQUATIC NOCTURNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Deep in liquid / turquoise slivers
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


ARIEL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Stasis in darkness
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


BALOONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Since christmas they have lived with us,
Subject(s): Baloons


BARREN WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Empty, I echo to the least footfall,
Subject(s): Childlessness; Miscarriage


BERCK - PLAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the sea, then, this great abeyance.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


BITTER STRAWBERRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: All morning in the strawberry field
Subject(s): Strawberries


BLACK PINE TREE IN AN ORANGE LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me what you see in it :
Subject(s): Pine Trees; Orange (Color); Black (Color)


BLACK ROOK IN RAINY WEATHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: On the stiff twig up there
Subject(s): Rooks


BLACKBERRYING    Poem Text    
First Line: Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries
Subject(s): Blackberries


BLUE MOLES    Poem Text    
First Line: They're out of the dark's ragbag, these two / moles dead in the pebbled rut
Subject(s): Animals; Moles


BLUEBEARD    Poem Text    
First Line: I am sending back the key
Subject(s): Pirates; Piracy; Buccaneers


BRASILIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Will they occur,
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


BUCOLICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Mayday : two came to field in such wise :
Subject(s): Loss


BURNNG THE LETTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I made a fire; being tired
Subject(s): Letters; Fire


BY CANDELIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: This is winter, this is night, small love ---
Subject(s): Babies; Candles; Night; Infants; Bedtime


CANDLES    Poem Text    
First Line: They are the last romantics, these candles
Subject(s): Candles


CHANNEL CROSSING    Poem Text    
First Line: On storm-struck deck, wind sirens caterwaul
Subject(s): English Channel


CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Women


CHILD'S PARK STONES    Poem Text    
First Line: In sunless air, under pines
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks


CHILDLESS WOMAN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Childlessness


CINDERELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: The prince leans to the girl in scarlet heels
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


CONTUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Color floods to the spot, dull purple
Subject(s): Injuries


CONVERSATION AMONG THE RUINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Through portico of my elegant house you stalk
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


CROSSING THE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: The womb / rattles its pod, the moon


CRYSTAL GAZER    Poem Text    
First Line: Gerd sits spindle-shaped in her dark tent,
Subject(s): Fortune Tellers; Palmistry


CUT    Poem Text    
First Line: What a thrill - / my thumb instead of an onion
Subject(s): Accidents


DADDY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You do not do, you do not do
Subject(s): Fathers; Fathers & Daughters; Hate; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Nazis; Shoah; Judaism; National Socialism


DARK HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is a dark house, very big.
Subject(s): Houses


DARK WOOD, DARK WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: This wood burns a dark
Subject(s): Nature


DEATH & CO.    Poem Text    
First Line: Two, of course there are two.
Subject(s): Death; Babies; Dead, The; Infants


DENOUEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The telegram says you have gone away
Subject(s): Circus; Loss


DEPARTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: The figs on the fig tree in the yard are green;
Subject(s): Farewell; Grief; Parting; Sorrow; Sadness


DIALOGUE BETWEEN GHOST AND PRIEST    Poem Text    
First Line: In the rectory garden on his evening walk
Subject(s): Ghosts; Justice


DIRGE FOR A JOKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Always in the middle of a kiss
Subject(s): Comedy; Death; Dead, The


DOOM OF EXILES    Poem Text    
First Line: Now we, returning from the vaulted domes
Subject(s): Exile


DOOMSDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The idiot bird leaps out and drunken leans
Subject(s): Disasters


DREAM WITH CLAM-DIGGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: This dream budded bright with leaves round the edges
Subject(s): Dreams; Innocence; Nightmares


EAVESDROPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Your brother will trim my hedges!
Subject(s): Privacy


EDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman is perfected
Subject(s): Suicide


ELECTRA ON AZALEA PATH    Poem Text    
First Line: The day you died I went into the dirt
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Fathers & Daughters; Graveyards; Dead, The


ELLEN MASON AND HER ELEVEN CATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Old ella mason keeps cats, eleven at last count
Subject(s): Cats; Spinsters; Old Maids


ELM; FOR RUTH FAINLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I know the bottom, she says. I know it with my great tap root
Variant Title(s): The Elm Speaks
Subject(s): Elm Trees; Fear


EPITAPH FOR FIRE AND POWER    Poem Text    
First Line: You might as well haul up
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


EVENT    Poem Text    
First Line: How the elements solidify! ---
Subject(s): Babies; Despair; Infants


FACE LIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: You bring me good news from the clinic
Subject(s): Hospitals


FAMILY REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside in the street I hear
Subject(s): Reunions; Family Life; Relatives


FEMALE AUTHOR    Poem Text    
First Line: All day she plays at chess with the bones of the world:
Subject(s): Women - Writers


FEVER 103 DEGREES        Recitation by Author
First Line: Pure? What does it mean?
Subject(s): Fever; Sickness; Illness


FIESTA MELONS    Poem Text    
First Line: In benidorm there are melons
Subject(s): Melons


FINISTERRE    Poem Text    
First Line: This was the land's end: the last fingers, knuckled and rheumatic,
Subject(s): Cliffs; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


FIRESONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Born green we were
Subject(s): Fire


FLUTE NOTES FROM A REEDY POND    Poem Text    
First Line: Now coldness comes sifting down, layer after layer
Subject(s): Ponds


FOR A FATHERLESS SON    Poem Text    
First Line: You will be aware of an absence, presently,
Subject(s): Sons; Fathers


FROG AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Summer grows old, cold-blooded mother
Subject(s): Swamps; Bogs; Fens; Marshes


FULL FATHOM FIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old man, you surface seldom
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


GETTING THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: How far is it?
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


GIGOLO    Poem Text    
First Line: Pocket watch, I tick well.
Subject(s): Lust


GOATSUCKER    Poem Text    
First Line: Old goatherds swear how all night long they hear
Subject(s): Goats; Birds


GOLD MOUTHS CRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Gold mouths cry with the green young
Subject(s): Autumn; Fall


GREEN ROCK, WINTHROP BAY    Poem Text    
First Line: No lame excuses can gloss over
Subject(s): Nature


GULLIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Over your body the clouds go
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


HARDCASTLE CRAGS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Flintlike, her feet struck
Variant Title(s): Night Walk
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


HEAVY WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Irrefutable, beautifully smug
Subject(s): Pregnancy


I AM VERTICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: But I would rather be horizontal
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress


I THOUGHT I COULD NOT BE HURT    Poem Text    


I WANT, I WANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Open-mouthed, the baby god


IN PLASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall never get out of this! There are two of me now
Subject(s): Hospitals; Plaster Casts


INCOMMUNICADO    Poem Text    
First Line: The groundhog on the mountain did not run
Subject(s): Groundhogs; Language; Woodchucks; Words; Vocabulary


INSOMNIAC    Poem Text    
First Line: The night is only a sort of carbon paper
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


JILTED    Poem Text    
First Line: My thoughts are crabbed and sallow
Subject(s): Rejection


KINDNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Kindness glides about my house.
Subject(s): Kindness; Family Life; Relatives


LADY LAZARUS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I have done it again
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Women; Shoah; Judaism


LAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The sting of bees took away my father
Subject(s): Death; Fathers; Dead, The


LANDOWNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: From my rented attic with no earth
Subject(s): Houses


LAST WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not want a plain box, I want a sarcophagus
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


LEAVING EARLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Lady, your room is lousy with flowers.
Subject(s): Flowers


LESBOS    Poem Text    
First Line: Viciousness in the kitchen!
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Suicide; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


LETTER IN NOVEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Love, the world
Subject(s): Walking; Autumn; Fall


LETTER TO A PURIST    Poem Text    
First Line: That grandiose colossus who
Subject(s): Imagination; Idealism; Fancy


LITTLE FUGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: The yew's black fingers wag
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


LORELEI    Poem Text    
First Line: It is no night to drown in
Subject(s): Sirens


LOVE LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Not easy to state the change you made
Subject(s): Letters; Habits; Change


LYONNESSE    Poem Text    
First Line: No use whistling for lyonnesse !
Subject(s): Cornwall, England


MAD GIRL'S LOVE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead


MAENAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I was ordinary:


MAGI    Poem Text    
First Line: The abstracts hover like dull angels:
Subject(s): Magi


MAGNOLIA SHOALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Up here among the gull cries
Subject(s): Winter


MAN IN BLACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the three magenta
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


MARY'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The sunday lamb cracks in its fat
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


MAULDLIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Mud-mattressed under the sign of the hag
Subject(s): Moon


MEDALLION    Poem Text    
First Line: By the gate with star and moon
Subject(s): Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


MEDUSA    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Off that landspit of stony mouth-plugs
Subject(s): Medusa; Mythology - Classical


METAMORPHOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Haunched like a faun, he hooed


METAPHORS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I'm a riddle in nine syllables
Subject(s): Pregnancy


MIRROR    Poem Text    
First Line: I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions
Subject(s): Aging; Self


MISS DRAKE PROCEEDS TG SUPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: No novice / in those elaborate rituals
Subject(s): Insanity; Hospitals; Madness; Mental Illness


MONOLOGUE AT 3 AM    Poem Text    
First Line: Better that every fiber crack
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


MOONRISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Grub-white mulberries redden among leaves
Subject(s): Mulberry Trees; Night; Bedtime


MORNING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Love set you going like a fat gold watch
Subject(s): Morning; Mothers; Time; Women


MUSHROOMS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Overnight, very whitely, discreetly
Subject(s): Mushrooms; Morels


MUSSEL HUNTER AT ROCK HARBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I came before the water- / colorists came to get the
Subject(s): Mussels


MYSTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: The air is a mill of hooks----
Subject(s): Life


NATURAL HISTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: That lofty monarch, monarch mind,
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


NEVER TRY TO TRICK ME WITH A KISS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Kisses


NEW YEAR ON DARTMOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: This is newness : every little tawdry
Subject(s): New Year; Babies; Infants


NICK AND THE CANDLESTICK    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I am a miner. The light burns blue
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


NIGHT SHIFT    Poem Text    
First Line: It was not a heart, beating.
Subject(s): Noises; Factories


NOTES TO A NEOPHYTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Take the general mumble
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


NOVEMBER GRAVEYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The scene stands stubborn: skinflint trees
Subject(s): Imagination;graves; Fancy; Tombs; Tombstones


ODE FOR TED    Poem Text    
First Line: From under the crunch of my man's boot
Subject(s): Hughes, Ted (1930-1998); Hughes, Edward James


OLD LADIES' HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Sharded in black, like beetles
Subject(s): Women - Old Age; Nursing Homes; Old Age Homes; Assisted Living


ON DECK    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight in the mid-atlantic. On deck.
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


ON LOOKING INTO THE EYES OF A DEMON LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are two pupils
Subject(s): Eyes


ON THE DECLINE OF ORACLES    Poem Text    
First Line: My father kept a vaulted conch
Subject(s): Fathers


ON THE DIFFICULTY OF CONJURING UP A DRYAD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Imagination; Writing & Writers; Dryads; Fancy


OUIJA    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a chilly god, a god of shades,
Subject(s): Ouija Boards; Past


OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: Clocks belled twelve. Main street showed otherwise
Subject(s): Birds


PARALYTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: It happens. Will it go on?
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Pain; Estrangement; Outcasts; Suffering; Misery


PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS    Poem Text    
First Line: On this bald hill the new year hones its edge.
Subject(s): Absence; Mothers; Separation; Isolation


PERSEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Head alone shows you in the prodigious act
Subject(s): Perseus


PHEASANT    Poem Text    
First Line: You said you would kill it this morning
Subject(s): Pheasants


POEMS, POTATOES    Poem Text    
First Line: The word, defining, muzzles; the drawn line
Subject(s): Potatoes; Poetry & Poets


POINT SHIRLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: From water-tower hill to the brick prison
Subject(s): Boston; Sea; Ocean


POLLY'S TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: A dream tree, polly's tree
Subject(s): Trees


POPPIES IN JULY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Little poppies, little hell flames
Subject(s): Poppies


POPPIES IN OCTOBER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Even the sun-clouds this morning cannot manage such skirts
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


PRIVATE GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: First frost, and I walk among the rose-fruit, the marble toes
Subject(s): Lakes; Winter; Pools; Ponds


PROLOGUE TO SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: The winter landscape hangs in balance now
Subject(s): Spring


PROSPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Among orange-tile rooftops
Subject(s): Fog; Rooks; Haze


PURDAH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Jade / stone of the side
Subject(s): Women - Secluding


PURSUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a panther stalks me down:
Subject(s): Fear


RECANTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Tea leaves I've given up,
Subject(s): Lchemy & Alchemists


RESOLVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Day of mist: day of tarnish
Subject(s): Colleges & Universities


RHYME    Poem Text    
First Line: I've got a stubborn goose whose gut's
Subject(s): Geese


SCULPTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: To his house the bodiless
Subject(s): Baskin, Leonard (1922-2000)


SHEEP IN FOG    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The hills step off into whiteness
Subject(s): Fog; Horseback Riding; Sheep; Haze


SLEEP IN THE MOJAVE DESERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Out here there are no hearthstones
Subject(s): Mohave Desert; Mojave Desert


SNAKECHARMER    Poem Text    
First Line: As the gods began one world, and man another,
Subject(s): Eden; Snakes; Music & Musicians; Serpents; Vipers


SOLILOQUY OF THE SOLIPSIST    Poem Text    
First Line: I walk alone;
Subject(s): Solipsism


SONG FOR A SUMMER'S DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Through fen and farmland walking
Subject(s): Country Life; Walking


SONNET TO SATAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In darkroom of your eye the moonly mind
Subject(s): Devil; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub


SONNET: TO EVA    Poem Text    
First Line: All right, let's say you could take a skull and break it
Subject(s): Despair


SOUTHERN SURPRISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Color of lemon, mango, peach,
Subject(s): Dawn; Sunrise


SOW    Poem Text    
First Line: God knows how our neighbor managed to breed
Subject(s): Pigs; Boars; Hogs


SPIDER    Poem Text    
First Line: Anansi, black busybody of the folktales
Subject(s): Africa; Fables; Insects; Spiders; Allegories; Bugs


SPINSTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now this particular girl
Subject(s): Spinsters; Old Maids


STARS OVER THE DORDOGNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stars are dropping thick as stones into the twiggy
Subject(s): Stars


STILLBORN    Poem Text    
First Line: These poems do not live: it's a sad diagnosis.
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


STINGS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Bare-handed, I hand the combs
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


STREET SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: By a mad miracle I go intact
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


STRUMPET SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: With white frost gone
Subject(s): Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


SUICIDE OFF EGG ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Behind him the hotdogs split and drizzled
Subject(s): Suicide


TALE OF A TUB    Poem Text    
First Line: The photographic chamber of the eye
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Imagination; Showers & Showering; Fancy


TERMINAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Riding home from credulous blue domes,
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THALIDOMIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: O half moon---
Subject(s): Moon


THE APPLICANT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: First, are you our sort of a person?
Subject(s): Salespersons; Selling


THE ARRIVAL OF THE BEE BOX    Poem Text    
First Line: I ordered this, this clean wood box
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BABYSITTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is ten years, now, since we rowed to children's island
Subject(s): Child Care; Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963); Baby Sitters; Governesses


THE BEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: He was the bullman earlierm


THE BED BOOK, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Most beds are beds
Subject(s): Beds


THE BEE MEETING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Who are these people at the bridge to meet me? They are the
Subject(s): Bees; Fear; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A garden of mouthings. Purple, scarlet-speckled, black
Subject(s): Bees; Fathers & Daughters; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BULL OF BENDYLAW    Poem Text    
First Line: The black bull bellowed before the sea
Subject(s): Bulls


THE BURNT-OUT SPA    Poem Text    
First Line: An old beast ended in this place:
Subject(s): Decay; Rot; Decadence


THE COLOSSUS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I shall never get you put together entirely
Subject(s): Fathers


THE COMPANIONABLE ILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The nose-end that twitches, the old imperfections---
Subject(s): Tolerance


THE COURIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The word of a snail on the plate of a leaf?
Subject(s): Seasons


THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Revolving in oval loops of solar speed,
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE DEATH OF MYTH-MAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Two virtues ride, by stallion, by nag
Subject(s): Mythology; Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


THE DISPOSSESSED    Poem Text    
First Line: The enormous mortgage must be paid somehow
Subject(s): Mortgages


THE DISQUIETING MUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, mother, what illbred aunt
Subject(s): Women


THE EVERLASTING MONDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou shalt have an everlasting
Subject(s): Moon


THE EYE-MOTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Blameless as daylight I stood looking
Subject(s): Nostalgia; Eyes


THE FEARFUL    Poem Text    
First Line: This man makes a pseudonym


THE GHOST'S LEAVETAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Enter the chilly no-man's land of about
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


THE GLUTTON    Poem Text    
First Line: He, hunger-struck, hard to slake
Subject(s): Gluttony


THE GORING    Poem Text    
First Line: Arena dust rusted by four bulls' blood to a dull redness
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE GREAT CARBUNCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: We came over the moor-top
Subject(s): Light


THE HANGING MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: By the roots of my hair some god got hold of me
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Torture; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty


THE HERMIT AT OUTERMOST HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sky and sea, horizon-hinged
Subject(s): Hermits


THE MANOR GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The fountains are dry and the roses over
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE MOON AND THE YEW TREE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary
Subject(s): Moon; Yew Trees


THE MUNICH MANNEQUINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children.
Subject(s): Silence; Language; Munich, Germany; Words; Vocabulary


THE NIGHT DANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: A smile fell in the grass.
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


THE OTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You come in late, wiping your lips
Subject(s): Adultery


THE OTHER TWO    Poem Text    
First Line: All summer we moved in a villa brimful of echos,
Subject(s): Self-deceit


THE QUEEN'S COMPLAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: In ruck and quibble of courtfolk
Subject(s): Giants


THE RAVAGED FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Outlandish as a circus, the ravaged face
Subject(s): Self; Despair


THE RIVAL    Poem Text    
First Line: If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.
Subject(s): Absence; Moon; Separation; Isolation


THE SHRIKE    Poem Text    
First Line: When night comes black
Subject(s): Revenge; Jealousy


THE SLEEPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: No map traces the street
Subject(s): Sleep; Dreams; Nightmares


THE SNOWMAN ON THE MOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Stalemated their armies stood, with tottering banners
Subject(s): Quarrels'


THE STONES    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the city where men are mended.
Subject(s): Illness; Hospitals


THE SURGEON AT 2 A.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: The white light is artificial, and hygienic as heaven.
Subject(s): Surgery; Hospitals


THE SWARM    Poem Text    
First Line: Somebody is shooting at something in our town
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Napoleon I (1769-1821); Beekeeping; Bugs


THE THIN PEOP;E    Poem Text    
First Line: They are always with us, the thin people
Subject(s): Slenderness; Thinness


THE TIMES ARE TIDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Unlucky the hero born
Subject(s): Time; Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


THE TRIAL OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The ordinary milkman brought that dawn
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty


THREE WOMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I am slow as the world. I am very patient,
Subject(s): Women


TO A JILTED LOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Cold on my narrow
Subject(s): Rejection


TO EVA DESCENDING THE STAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Clocks cry: stillness is a lie, my dear;


TOTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The engine is killing the track the track is silver,


TOUCH-AND-GO    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing praise for statuary:
Subject(s): Statues


TULIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: The tulips are too excitable, it is winter here
Subject(s): Tulips


TWO CAMPERS IN CLOUD COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: In this country there is neither measure nor balance
Subject(s): Canada; Nature; Canadians


TWO LOVERS AND A BEACHCMBER BY THE RED SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Cold and final, the imagination
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


TWO SISTERS OF PERSEPHONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two girls there are: within the house
Subject(s): Women


TWO VIEWS OF A CADAVER ROOM: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The day she visited the dissecting room
Subject(s): Breughel The Elder, Pieter (1530-1569); Corpses; Brueghel The Elder, Pieter; Bruegel The Elder, Pieter; Cadavers


TWO VIEWS OF A CADAVER ROOM: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: In brueghel's panorama of smoke and slaughter
Subject(s): Breughel The Elder, Pieter (1530-1569); Corpses; Brueghel The Elder, Pieter; Bruegel The Elder, Pieter; Cadavers


VANITY FAIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Through frost-thick weather
Subject(s): Witchcraft & Witches


VERBAL CALISTHENICS    Poem Text    
First Line: My love for you is more
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


VIRGIN IN A TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: How this tart fable instructs
Last Line: Till irony's bough break
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


WAKNG IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I can taste the tin of the sky --- the real tin thing.
Subject(s): Winter


WATERCOLOR OF GRANTCHESTER MEADOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: There, spring lambs jam the sheepfold. In air
Subject(s): Cambridge, England; Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


WHITENESS I REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Whiteness being what I remember
Subject(s): Horseback Riding


WHITSUN    Poem Text    
First Line: This is not what I meant:
Subject(s): Picnics; Seashore; Barbecues; Beach; Coast; Shore


WHO    Poem Text    
First Line: The month of flowering's finished. The fruit's in,


WIDOW'    Poem Text    
First Line: Widow. The word consumes itself
Subject(s): Widows & Widowers


WINTER LANDSCAPE, WITH ROOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Water in the millrace, through a sluice of stone
Subject(s): Despair


WINTER TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: The wet dawn inks are doing their blue dissolve
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


WINTERING    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the easy time, there is nothing doing
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


WITCH BURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: In the marketplace they are piling the dry sticks.
Subject(s): Witchcraft & Witches; Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Axes / after whose stroke the wood rings
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


WORDS HEARD, BY ACCIDENT, OVER THE PHONE    Poem Text    
First Line: O mud, mud, how fluid! ---
Subject(s): Telephones


WREATH FOR A BRIDAL    Poem Text    
First Line: What though green leaves only witness
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


WUTHERIN HEIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The horizons ring me like faggots,
Subject(s): Bronte, Emily (1818-1848); Solitude; Nature; Loneliness


YADDO: THE GRAND MANOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Woodsmoke and a distant loudspeaker
Subject(s): Parties


YADWIGHA, ON A RED COUCH, AMONG LILLIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yadwigha, the literalists once wondered how you
Subject(s): Rousseau, Henri (1844-1910)


YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: They enter as animals from the outer
Subject(s): Motion


YOU'RE    Poem Text    
First Line: Clownlike, happiest on your hands,
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


ZOO-KEEPER'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: I can stay awake all night, if need be ---
Subject(s): Marriage; Animals; Weddings; Husbands; Wives