Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE VACANT CAGE (2), by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER



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THE VACANT CAGE (2), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: He shall not be cast out like wild-wood things!
Last Line: The filming eye, and beak that gasped with pain.
Subject(s): Birdcages; Birds


He shall not be cast out like wild-wood things!
We will not spurn those delicate remains;
No heat shall blanch his plumes, nor soaking rains
Shall wash the saffron from his little wings;
Nor shall he be inearthed -- but in his cage
Stand, with his innocent beauty unimpair'd;
And all the skilled'st hand can do, to assuage
Poor Dora's grief, by more than Dora shared,
Shall here be done. What though these orbs of glass
Will feebly represent his merry look
Of recognition, when he saw her pass,
Or from her palm the melting cherry took --
Yet the artist's kindly craft shall not retain
The filming eye, and beak that gasped with pain.






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