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Author: AIKEN, CONRAD
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Aiken, Conrad    Poet's Biography
237 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


ACCOMPLICES       
First Line: A love I love whose lips I love
Last Line: And we could be together false %if she would but stay on


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


ALL LOVELY THINGS WILL HAVE AN ENDING       


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


AND IN THE HANGING GARDENS       
First Line: And in the hanging gardens there is rain
Last Line: And pauses on the midmost step, to taste %one drop of wine, wherewith wild rain has mixed


ANIMULA VAGULA BLANDULA       
First Line: Animula vagula blandula, %is it true that your origin's glandular?
Last Line: An umbilical chord %like all other impropandula?


ANNIHILATION       
First Line: While the blue noon above us arches
Last Line: All that we know in love is bitter. %and it is not much


ANOTHER LYCIDAS       
First Line: Yet once more in the empty room review
Last Line: The span of such a man


ARGUMENT       
First Line: Do not believe this mighty grief


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


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


ATLANTIS       
First Line: There was an island in the sea
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


BEND AS THE BOW BENDS, AND LET FLY THE SHAFT       
Last Line: Thus, and thus only, will our tempest come %by continents of snow to find a home
Subject(s): Snow


BLIND DATE       
First Line: No more the swanboat on the artifical lake
Last Line: And we shall keep it with the keeper of the golden gates


BLUES FOR RUBY MATRIX       
First Line: Where's ruby, where has she gone this evening
Last Line: So that the world might know how worlds will end


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


CALYX OF THE OBOE BREAKS       
Last Line: Then the musicians cease to play,, %and the world is waved away
Subject(s): Oboes


CASSOWARY       
First Line: Behold the scraggly cassowary
Last Line: Or eat the cassowary's egg
Subject(s): Animals


CHANGING MIND       
First Line: The room filled with the sound of voices


CHIAROSCURO: ROSE       
First Line: Fill your bowl with roses: the bowl, too, have


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: CHARACTERISTIC COMMENTS       
First Line: The nursery clock %tick tock %the face %mmmmm mmmmm
Last Line: I also serve who only lie in wait %the heart %I will


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: FOUR SPEACHES BY OBELISK       
First Line: Northward, the nothing that we give a name
Last Line: Of kings now useless who have gone to rest


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: INSCRIPTIONS IN PLACES       
First Line: On a billboard %smoke sweet caporals
Last Line: Over a door in a hospital %staff only


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES       
First Line: The birches %tell the tale silverly
Last Line: Where and when? Who and why? %the grass %shhhhhhhhhh shhhhhh


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: MR JONES ADDRESSES GLASS       
First Line: Mr jones %so this is you
Last Line: But as for me I'd rather be %unconscious, except when I see


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: REMARKS ON MR. JONES       
First Line: The trained nurse %it's a fine boy, not a blemish, god bless him
Last Line: And with it shed your life %the sun %rejoice %the rain %weep


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: REPORT BY MEDICAL STUDENT       
First Line: Facies %sallow and somewhat haggard; thin and pallid
Last Line: Then brown and black; scaled off; and disappeared
Subject(s): Medical Students


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: SPEECHES BY BOOKS, ETC       
First Line: The books %everyman I will go with thee and be thy guide
Last Line: In god's name, and god's image, let him die %the clock %tock


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: STAGE DIRECTIONS       
First Line: It is a shabby backdrop of bright stars
Last Line: The lack of number wears a cloak of stars


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: THE COSTUMES       
First Line: Bought from an old clothes man who rang a bell
Last Line: Item: sundry felt hats %item: a coffin


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: THE FACE       
First Line: The blue shawl first, a canopy of blue
Last Line: And only rests, at last, when that too comes to rest


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: THE THINGS       
First Line: The house in broad street, red brick, with nine rooms
Last Line: Into that house whose tenants do not love


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: UNOFFICIAL REPORT DIVERS       
First Line: A lamp-post %he stood here. It was the hour of the dog
Last Line: I knew him well


COMING FORTH OF OSIRIS JONES: VARIOUS ROOMS       
First Line: High on the southern wall the clock
Last Line: Lie still and close our eyes


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


CRYSTAL       
First Line: What time is it now, brother pythagoras, by the pale stone
Last Line: This night %we all set sail for the west


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


DANCING ADAIRS       
First Line: Behold me, in my chiffron, gauze and tinsel


DEAD LEAF IN MAY       
First Line: One skeleton-leaf, white-ribbed, a last year's leaf
Last Line: Thirst in the there, that you may drink the here


DEAR UNCLE STRANGER       
First Line: All my shortcomings, in this year of grace
Last Line: Good men and women gone too soon to bed


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: 2       
First Line: My heart has become as hard as a city street
Last Line: And tunes from a hurdy-gurdy that coldly rejoices %shoot arrows into my heart


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: 3       
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: 4       
First Line: In the noisy street
Last Line: You on the farther shore, and I in this street


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


DOCTORS' ROW       
First Line: Snow falls on the cars in doctors' row and hoods the headlights
Last Line: The sky's blue streets swept clean of silent birds %for an audience of gods, and superwords


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.


ELECTRA       
First Line: The little princess, on her eleventh birthday
Last Line: The blood unmoving, and the moonlight vain


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


EXILE       
First Line: These hills are sandy. Trees are dwarfed here.
Last Line: Morning and evening I shall drink the dew


FADE, THEN       
First Line: Fade, then, - die, depart, and come no more
Last Line: And leave not in a single crevice %a single leaf


FAREWELL VOYAGING WORLD!       
First Line: It was the departure, the sun was risen
Last Line: We shall never be older or wiser or dead


FIVE SONNETS       


FOUR APPEARANCES       
First Line: It is the sunlight only, the pure shape


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


GOD'S ACRE       
First Line: In memory of. In fondest recollection


GOING FORTH       
First Line: It is not in being careful, as mothers are


GRASSHOPPER       
First Line: Grasshopper %grasshopper
Last Line: To fall in grass again %and sing
Subject(s): Animals


HABEAS CORPUS BLUES       
First Line: In the cathedral the acolytes are praying
Last Line: While, in his attic, the poet is still playing, %the poet is playing the habeas corpus blues
Subject(s): Firefighters; Poetry And Poets


HALLOWE'EN       
First Line: All saints', all hallows'
Last Line: Whose source is unending forever


HATTERAS CALLING       
First Line: Southeast, and storm, and every weathervane
Last Line: Child of that hour when rock and ocean meet


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)


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


KEEP IN THE HEART OF THE JOURNAL NATURE KEEPS       
Last Line: After this interval of faith and question, %to nature's heart, in pain, as I began


KID. WILLIAM BLACKSTONE (DIED 1675)       
First Line: Where now he roves, by wood or swamp whatever
Last Line: And the locked heart of man his only doubt


KID: 1. THE WITNESS       
First Line: Who saw the kid when he rose from the east
Last Line: The everlasting of the golden gate


KID: 2. THE LAND       
First Line: The sun-cymbal strikes: and a land of voices
Last Line: Fog-step, dew-step: the silverleaf tattles


KID: 3. THE FIRST VISION       
First Line: Here, to be first, is not to find
Last Line: Westward, southward, the ghost moves on


KID: 4. SECOND VISION: THE AMBIGUITY       
First Line: In secret wood, where once he stood
Last Line: Inward, outward, the ghost moves on


KID: 5. THE MARTYRDOM       
First Line: He turned on his tracks: to the puritans came
Last Line: Chapter eight, in the gospel according to john


KID: 6. THE KID       
First Line: He turned to the land: forgot his name
Last Line: The fiddles are broken, but the ghost moves on


KID: 7. THE AWAKENING       
First Line: Dark was the forest, dark was the mind
Last Line: And I open my eyes: and the world looks in


KID: 8. THE LAST VISION       
First Line: Said railway willy, o carry me back
Last Line: Where lies the intrinsic, unknown, and alone


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


KING BORBORIGMI       
First Line: You say you heard king borborigmi laugh?
Last Line: King of infinite space in a walnut shell- %but has bad dreams; I fear he has bad dreams


LANDSCAPE WEST OF EDEN       
First Line: It was of a deck, the prow of a ship, uplifted
Last Line: And built its splendid ramparts against eden


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


LETTER FROM LI PO       
First Line: Fanfare of northwest wind, a bluejay wind
Last Line: The leaves of love that fill the book of change


LIMBERICK       
First Line: It's time to make love. Douse the glim


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


LOVERS       
First Line: In this glass palace are flowers in golden baskets
Last Line: And start on a pullman journey to a certain gate, %punctually, at a certain hour, on a certain date
Subject(s): Funerals


MANDRILL       
First Line: In the mandrill
Last Line: I fear poor mandrill %has %no %hope
Subject(s): Animals


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


MAYFLOWER       
First Line: Listen: the ancient voices hail us from the farther shore
Last Line: This holy land, our faith itself, to share again %with our godfathers, will and ben


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


MEETING       
First Line: Why do I look at you? Why do I touch you?


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


MEMORY       
First Line: There is nothing moving there, in that desert of silence
Last Line: Perhaps once more, for a moment, it remembers spring


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


MIRAGE       
First Line: And already the minutes, the hours, the days
Last Line: And know you still the best
Subject(s): Love


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


NO, I SHALL NOT SAY       
First Line: No, I shall not say why it is that I love you
Last Line: And clover, heavy with rain, in cold green grass


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


NUIT BLANCHE: NORTH END       
First Line: Red and green neon lights, the jazz hysteria


OBITAURY IN BITCHEREL       
First Line: In eighteen hundred and eighty nine
Last Line: And this be it known is all that we know


OLD MAN SEES HIMSELF       
First Line: Solitary, before daybreak, in a garden


ONE STAR FELL AND ANOTHER AS WE WALKED       


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


PALIMPSEST: THE DECEITFUL PORTRAIT       
First Line: Well, as you say, we live for small horizons
Last Line: And I have spread two snares for you, of lies
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


PILGRIMAGE OF FESTUS, SELS.       


POMECITRON TREE       
First Line: Here the skeleton leaf, between
Last Line: She claps her hands, and laughs, instead


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


POVERTY GRASS       
First Line: First, blow the trumpets! Call the people hither!


PRELUDE (1)       
First Line: Not with the noting of a private hate
Last Line: Make a rich note of this. And start again


PRELUDE (2)       
First Line: Woman, woman, let us say these things to each other
Last Line: Sleep in peacefulness


PRELUDE (3)       
First Line: Who said the blandishment of the moon, who said
Last Line: Deliberately, for deliberation is poison. %leave all to the sovereign blandishment of dream


PRELUDE (4)       
First Line: As if you were a child again; you smooth
Last Line: And thus, you know the world. %thus, with a phrase, exclude the absolute


PRELUDES FOR MEMNON [OR, TO ATTITUDE], SELS.       


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, SELS.       
First Line: First the white crocus, and then the purple; then the rain
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


PRIAPUS AND THE POOL: 3       
First Line: When trout swim down great ormond street
Last Line: I never loved you so


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


PSYCHOMACHIA       
First Line: Tent-caterpillars, as you see (he said
Last Line: With all her nerves and voices - she is yours


QUARREL       
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


ROAD       
First Line: Three then came forward out of darkness
Last Line: I knew my face would not be young again


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


ROOM       
First Line: Through that window - all else being extinct
Last Line: I will be watching then as I watch now. %I will praise darkness now, but then the leaf
Subject(s): Creation


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


SAMADHI       
First Line: Take then the music; plunge in the thickest of it
Last Line: Of sunlight, and a shadow that may grow
Variant Title(s): Concert Pitc


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


SEAL       
First Line: How must it feel
Last Line: The %fun
Subject(s): Imagination


SECOND HOUR OF THE NIGHT       
First Line: On such a night
Last Line: This is the end of the second hour of the night


SEE, AS THE CARVER CARVES A ROSE       


SENLIN: A BIOGRAPHY: 1. HIS DARK ORIGINS       
First Line: Senlin sits before us, and we see him
Last Line: Our shadows descend before us, long and blue


SENLIN: A BIOGRAPHY: 2. HIS FUTILE PREOCCUPATIONS       
First Line: I am a house, says senlin, locked and darkened
Last Line: In the silence of sleep


SENLIN: A BIOGRAPHY: 3. HIS CLOUDY DESTINY       
First Line: Senlin sat before us and we heard him
Last Line: Hoping to find, somewhere, that dream again


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


SIGHED A DEAR LITTLE SHIPBOARD DIVINITY       
Last Line: And undid my belief in the trinity


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


SNOWFLAKE ON ASPHODEL, CLEAR ICE ON ROSE       
Last Line: Snow's death on dying flower, yet both immortal - %love, these are you and I - enter this portal
Subject(s): Love; Snow


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       
First Line: Sun-born and moon-born, sun-birth


SONNET       
First Line: How then the winged splendours round us tower


SONNET       
First Line: Green, green, and green again, and greener


SONNET       
First Line: Shape has no shape, nor will your thinking


SONNET       
First Line: How many clouds must wraithlike rise ... Ocean


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


SONNET: 2       
First Line: What music's devious voice can say, beguiling
Last Line: No rival - none. There is no thelp for us. %be it confessed: I am idolatrous


SONNET: 3       
First Line: Think, when a starry night of bitter frost
Last Line: Will he not praise, with his whole heart, the sun? %then think at last I too am such an one


SONNET: 4       
First Line: My love, I have betrayed you seventy times
Last Line: Can I absolve, from this all-staining sin, %the angelic love who sits, ashamed, within?


SONNET: 5       
First Line: Imprimis: I forgot all day your face
Last Line: Yet, when I home once more from breach of faith, %love there awaits me with a joy like death


SONNET: 6       
First Line: What lunacy is this, that night-long tries
Last Line: From the begin-all-end-all phrase, 'I love'


SONNET: 7       
First Line: My love, my love, take back that word, unsay
Last Line: Nobly of this and him; but I am weak


SONNET: 8       
First Line: Here's nature: it's a spider in a flower
Last Line: Nor sleep, and smile in sleep, till we be dead


SONNET: 9       
First Line: Here's daffodil - here's tulip - here's the leaf
Last Line: And since I hate him, I must hate you too
Subject(s): Hate


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


SOUND OF BREAKING       
First Line: Why do you cry out, why do I like to hear you
Last Line: The sound of disaster and misery, the sound %of passionate heartbreak at the centre of the world


SOUNDING       
First Line: Blue sky, blue noon, and the secret line is flung
Last Line: A kingdom overthrown - %man kills his children. But the birds endure


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


SOUTH END       
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


SUMMER       
First Line: Absolute zero: the locust sings


SURSUM CORDA       
First Line: Speak to us only with the killer's tongue
Last Line: We are thyself, thy heart of light, and see


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


THERE WAS ONCE A WICKED YOUNG MINISTER       
Last Line: Except for one squeamish old spinster


TIME IN THE ROCK [PRELUDES TO DEFINITION], SELS.       


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


UNKNOWN SOLDIER       
First Line: In the new city of marble andd bright stone
Subject(s): War


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


WALK       
First Line: Profound, profound and brief


WALK IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: Noting in slow sequence by waterclock of rain
Last Line: Not to the song %but to morphology, the shape that cannot die


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


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


WHO SHAPES A BALUSTRADE?       
First Line: Who shapes a balustrade, who but the sun?
Subject(s): Architecture And Architects


WHY IS IT       
First Line: Why is it, as I enter at last the panelled room
Last Line: But the infinite heavens, and one white bough in bloom, %anda bird to sing on the bough


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


WIND OF A DREAM       
First Line: I would like to touch this snow with the wind of a dream
Subject(s): Love


WINDOW       
First Line: She looks out in the blue morning
Last Line: And looks out in the morning %and sees a whole world


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