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Pound, Ezra    Poet's Biography
374 poems available by this author


1915: FEBRUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The smeared, leather-coated, leather-greaved engineer
Last Line: The unseen twigs, breaking their tips with blossom.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


A BALLAD OF THE MULBERRY ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun rises in south east corner of things
Last Line: They stand and twirl their moustaches.


A GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: The tree has entered my hands
Last Line: And all this is folly to the world.


A PACT    Poem Text    
First Line: I make a pact with you, walt whitman
Last Line: Let there be commerce between us.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


A SONG OF THE DEGREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Rest me with chinese colours
Last Line: O filaments of amber, two-faced iridescence!


A VILLONAUD: BALLAD OF THE GIBBET    Poem Text    
First Line: Drink ye a skoal for the gallows tree!
Last Line: "and bring their souls to his ""haulte citee."


A VIRGINAL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: No, no! Go from me. I have left her lately
Last Line: As white their bark, so white this lady's hours.
Subject(s): Love


ABU SALAMMAMM - A SONG OF EMPIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Great is king george the fifth
Last Line: Be at an end.
Subject(s): George V, King Of England (1865-1936)


ADDENDUM FOR CANTO 100       
First Line: The evil is usury, neschek
Last Line: The water-bug's mittens show on the bright rock below him


AFTER CH'U YUAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I will get me to the wood
Last Line: And accost the procession of maidens.


ALBA    Poem Text    
First Line: As cool as the pale wet leaves
Last Line: She lay beside me in the dawn.
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


ALBATRE    Poem Text    
First Line: This lady in the white bath-robe which she calls a peignoir
Last Line: Between the two indolent candles.


AMITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: You wore the same quite correct clothing
Last Line: Cum jocunda femina.


AN IMMORALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sing we for love and idleness
Last Line: To pass all men's believing.


AN OBJECT    Poem Text    
First Line: This thing, that hath a code and not a core
Last Line: Disturbeth his reflections.


ANCIENT MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Winter is icummen in
Last Line: Found under the latin words of a very ancient canon.
Subject(s): Hate; Social Protest


ANCIENT WISDOM, RATHER COSMIC    Poem Text    
First Line: So-shu dreamed
Last Line: Hence his contentment.


ANCORA    Poem Text    
First Line: Good god! They say you are risque
Last Line: Had we ever such an epithet cast upon us!!


AND THE DAYS ARE NOT FULL ENOUGH       
Last Line: Not shaking the grass


AND THUS IN NINEVEH    Poem Text    
First Line: Aye! I am a poet and upon my tomb
Last Line: "as lesser men drink wine."


APPARUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Golden rose the house, in the portal I saw
Last Line: Dar'dst to assume this?


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Three spirits came to me
Last Line: Pale carnage beneath bright mist.


ARIDES    Poem Text    
First Line: The bashful arides
Last Line: He went to his doom.


AU JARDIN    Poem Text    
First Line: O you away high there
Last Line: Did he so?
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


AU SALON    Poem Text    
First Line: I suppose, when poetry comes down to facts
Last Line: The absolute unimportant.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


BALLAD FOR GLOOM       
First Line: For god, our god, is a gallant foe
Last Line: Whom god deigns not to overthrow hath need of triple mail


BALLAD OF THE GOODLY FERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' all
Last Line: Sin' they nailed him to the tree.
Subject(s): Apostles; Bible; Jesus Christ - Suffering & Sacrifice; Poetry & Poets; Religion; Disciples, Twelve; Theology


BALLATETTA    Poem Text    
First Line: The light became her grace and dwelt among
Last Line: Lest they should parch too swiftly, where she passes.
Subject(s): Sex


BEFORE SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: The lateral vibrations caress me
Last Line: I am up to follow thee, pallas.


BLACK SLIPPERS: BELLOTTI    Poem Text    
First Line: At the table beyond us
Last Line: She re-enters them with a groan.


BLANDULA, TENULLA, VAGULA       
First Line: What hast thou, o my soul, with paradise?


CANTICO DEL SOLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The thought of what america would be like
Last Line: It troubles my sleep.


CANTO 1    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: And then went down to the ship
Variant Title(s): The Odyssey: Book 11 (homer)
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Mythology - Classical; Poetry & Poets; Ulysses; Iliad; Odyssey; Odysseus


CANTO 1       
First Line: And then went down to the ship
Last Line: Girdles and breast bands, thou with dark eyelids %bearing the golden bough of argicida. So that
Variant Title(s): The Odyssey: Book 11 (homer
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Mythology - Classical; Poetry And Poets; Ulysses


CANTO 1 (1917)    Poem Text    
First Line: Hang it all, there can be but one sordello!
Last Line: O casella!


CANTO 10       
First Line: And the poor devils dying of cold, outside sorano
Last Line: All I want you to do is to follow the orders, %they've got a bigger army, %but there are more men in


CANTO 100       
First Line: And some habsburg ploughed his imperial furrow
Last Line: Neither weighed out nor hindered


CANTO 101       
First Line: Finding scarcely anyone save monsieur de remusat
Last Line: His body and soul are at peace


CANTO 102       
First Line: This I had from kalupso
Last Line: Tried to buy peace with money


CANTO 103       
First Line: 1850: gt objection to any honesty in the white house
Last Line: That has had (1958) %no publicity


CANTO 104       
First Line: Na khi alk made out of wind noise
Last Line: Iu's weights are still in the treasury


CANTO 105       
First Line: Feb. 1956 %is this a divagation
Last Line: As had, presumably, villon


CANTO 106       
First Line: And was her daughter like that
Last Line: The sky is leaded with elm boughs


CANTO 107       
First Line: The azalea is grown while we sleep
Last Line: The caelator's son, named pythagora


CANTO 108       
First Line: Comminuit %there is frost on the rock's face
Last Line: For every new cottage 4 acres %stat. De 31 eliz %angliae amor


CANTO 109       
First Line: Pro veritate
Last Line: You in the dinghy (piccioletta) astern there


CANTO 11       
First Line: Egradement li antichi cavaler romanj
Last Line: Sponte et ex certa scienta - to enricho de aquabello


CANTO 110       
First Line: Thy quiet house
Last Line: Awoi or komachi %the oval moon


CANTO 111 (NOTES THEREFOR)       
First Line: I, one thing, as relation to one thing
Last Line: Also bumped off 8000 byzantines %edictum prologo %rothar


CANTO 112 (THEREFROM)       
First Line: Owl, and wagtail
Last Line: Winnowed in fate's tray %neath %luna


CANTO 113       
First Line: Thru the 12 houses of heaven
Last Line: But the mind as ixion, unstill, ever turning


CANTO 114       
First Line: Pas meme freron
Last Line: To tigullio. And that the truth is in kindness


CANTO 115    Poem Text    
First Line: The scientists are in terror
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress


CANTO 115       
First Line: The scientists are in terror
Last Line: And the living were made of cardboard
Subject(s): Depression, Mental


CANTO 116       
First Line: Came neptunus %his mind leaping
Last Line: A little light, like a rushlight %to lead back to splendour


CANTO 12       
First Line: And we sit here
Last Line: I am not your fader but your moder,' quod he, %'your fader was a rich merchant in stambouli.'


CANTO 13    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Kung walked
Variant Title(s): Kung's Wisdom
Subject(s): Confucius & Confucianism


CANTO 13       
First Line: Kung walked
Last Line: The blossoms of the apricot %blow from the east to the west, %and I have tried to keep them from fal
Variant Title(s): Kung's Wisdo
Subject(s): Confucius And Confucianism


CANTO 13       
First Line: Kung walked %by the dynastic temple
Last Line: And I have tried to keep them from falling.'


CANTO 14       
First Line: Io venni in luogo d'ogni luce muto
Last Line: Monopolists, obstructors of knowledge. %obstructors of distribution


CANTO 15       
First Line: The saccharescent, lying in glucose
Last Line: Blind with the sunlight, %swollen-eyed, rested, %lids sinking, darkness unconscious


CANTO 16    Poem Text    
First Line: And before hell mouth; dry plain
Subject(s): World War I; Heroism; Death; First World War; Heroes; Heroines; Dead, The


CANTO 16       
First Line: And before hell mouth; dry plain
Last Line: That they wouldn't be under haig; %and that the advance was beginning; %that it was going to begin I


CANTO 17       
First Line: So that the vines burst from my fingers
Last Line: Sigismundo, after that wreck in dalmatia. %sunset like the grasshopper flying


CANTO 18       
First Line: And of kublai
Last Line: War, one war after another, %men start 'em who couldn't put up a good hen-roost. %also sabotage...


CANTO 19       
First Line: Sabotage? Yes, he took it up to manhattan
Last Line: For ten bobs' worth of turquoise


CANTO 2       
First Line: Hang it all, robert browning
Last Line: And frogs singing against the fauns %in the half-light. %and...


CANTO 2 (1917)    Poem Text    
First Line: Leave casella
Last Line: Take my sordello!


CANTO 20       
First Line: Sound slender, quasi tinnula
Last Line: Peace! %borso, borso!


CANTO 21       
First Line: Keep the peace, borso!' where are we?
Last Line: And the old man went on there %beating his mule with an asphodel


CANTO 22       
First Line: An' that man sweat blood
Last Line: And the girl says: %'it'z a animal.' %signori, you go and enforce it


CANTO 23       
First Line: Et omniformis,' psellos, omnis
Last Line: And the waves rising but formed, holding their form. %no light reaching through them


CANTO 24       
First Line: Thus the book of the mandates
Last Line: Albert made me, tura painted my wall, %and julia the countess sold to a tannery...


CANTO 25       
First Line: The book of the council major
Last Line: Ayes 102, noes 38, 37 undecided %register of the senate %terra 1537, carta 136


CANTO 26       
First Line: And I came here in my young youth
Last Line: Wolfgang amadeus, august 1777 %(inter lineas) %'as is the sonata, so is little miss cannabich.'


CANTO 27       
First Line: Formando di disio nuova persona
Last Line: Can you tell the down from the up?


CANTO 28       
First Line: And god the father eternal (boja d'un dio!)
Last Line: That flew out into nothingness %and her father was the son of one too %that got the annulment


CANTO 29       
First Line: Pearl, great sphere, and hollow
Last Line: Pine by the black trunk of its shadow %and on hill black trunks of the shadow %the trees melted in a


CANTO 3    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mythology; Social Commentaries; Murder


CANTO 3       
First Line: I sat on the dogana's steps
Last Line: Or plaster flakes, mantegna painted the wall. %silk tatters, 'nec spe nec metu.'


CANTO 3 (1917)    Poem Text    
First Line: Another's a half-cracked fellow-john heydon
Last Line: Bearing the golden bough of argicida.


CANTO 30       
First Line: Compleynt, compleynt I hearde upon a day
Last Line: And in august that year died pope alessandro borgia, %il papa mori


CANTO 31       
First Line: Tempus loquendi
Last Line: (on the state of england in 1814) %hic explicit cantus


CANTO 32       
First Line: The revolution,' said mr. Adams
Last Line: The cannibals of europe are eating one another again %quandosi posa


CANTO 33       
First Line: Quincey nov. 13, 1815 %is that despotism
Last Line: The meeting decided we were over-inflated


CANTO 34    Poem Text    
First Line: Oils, beasts, grasses, petrifaction, birds, incrustations
Subject(s): Napoleon I (1769-1821)


CANTO 34       
First Line: Oils, beasts, grasses, petrifactions, birds, incrustations
Last Line: Constans proposito %justum et tenacem


CANTO 35       
First Line: So this is (may we take it) mitteleuropa
Last Line: Have a load-line, no heavy deck cargo. Tola, octroi and deci me


CANTO 36    Poem Text    
First Line: A lady asks me
Subject(s): Desire; Man-woman Relationships; Social Commentaries; Language; Male-female Relations; Words; Vocabulary


CANTO 36       
First Line: A lady asks me
Last Line: Quan ben m'albir e mon ric pensamen


CANTO 37    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou shalt not', said martin vanburen. 'jail 'em for debt'
Subject(s): United States - Politics & Government; Immigrants; Debt; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


CANTO 37       
First Line: Thou shalt not, said martin van buren, jail 'em for
Last Line: Hic %jacet %fisci liberator


CANTO 38       
First Line: An' that year metevsky went over to america del sud
Last Line: Avant ceux de la nation


CANTO 39       
First Line: Desolate is the roof where the cat sat
Last Line: I have eaten the flame


CANTO 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Palace in smoky light,
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Desire; Relationships; Heroism; Heroes; Heroines


CANTO 4       
First Line: Palace in smoky light
Last Line: And we sit here %there in the arena


CANTO 40       
First Line: Esprit de corps in permanent bodies
Last Line: Hung this with his map in their temple


CANTO 41       
First Line: Ma qvesto %said the boss, e divertente
Last Line: Patented his new shell in eight countries %ad interim 1933


CANTO 42       
First Line: We ought, I think, to say in civil terms: you be
Last Line: In respect to 200,000 (two hundred thousand)


CANTO 43       
First Line: To the serenissimo dno (pronounced domino)
Last Line: Or 80 million lira pre-war


CANTO 44       
First Line: And thou shalt not, firenze 1766, and thou shalt not
Last Line: Nicolo piccolomini, provveditore


CANTO 45    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: With usura / with usura hath no man a house of good stone
Subject(s): Gonzaga, Luigi (1267-1360); Hate; Usury


CANTO 45       
First Line: With usura %with usura hath no man a house of good stone
Last Line: Corpses are set to banquet %at behest of usura
Subject(s): Gonzaga, Luigi (1267-1360); Hate; Usury


CANTO 46       
First Line: And if you will say that this tale teaches
Last Line: Mr cummings wants farley's job, headline in current paper


CANTO 47       
First Line: Who even dead, yet hath his mind entire!
Last Line: That hath the power over wild beasts


CANTO 48       
First Line: And if he money be rented
Last Line: And if the wind was, the old man placed a stone


CANTO 49       
First Line: For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses
Last Line: And the power over wild beasts


CANTO 5       
First Line: Great bulk, huge mass, thesaurus
Last Line: Both sayings run in the wind %ma se morisse


CANTO 50       
First Line: Revolution, said mr adams, took place in the
Last Line: Only we two have moved


CANTO 51       
First Line: Shines %in the mind of the heaven god
Last Line: Time was of the league of cambrai


CANTO 52       
First Line: And I have told you of how things were under duke
Last Line: Fought smoke nuisance in london. Dredged harbour in sligo


CANTO 53       
First Line: Yeou taught men to break branches
Last Line: Of such stock was kungfutseu


CANTO 54       
First Line: So that tien-tan chose bulls, a thousand
Last Line: Died te-tsong; the deceived


CANTO 55       
First Line: Orbem bellis, urbem gabellis
Last Line: By tang and teng, let 'em pass


CANTO 56       
First Line: Billets, biglietti, as coin was too heavy for transport
Last Line: Faictes moi mes funerailles


CANTO 57       
First Line: And when kien ouen was throned
Last Line: Pirates almost took fou-kien


CANTO 58       
First Line: Sinbu put order in sun land, nippon, in the beginning
Last Line: Dead by the hand of litse


CANTO 59       
First Line: De libro chi-king sic censeo
Last Line: That he kept their tempers till they came to conclusion


CANTO 6       
First Line: What you have done, odysseus
Last Line: Theseus from trozene %and they wd. Have given him poison %but for the shape of his sword-hilt


CANTO 60       
First Line: So the jesuits brought in astronomy
Last Line: From 1662 and came after him


CANTO 61       
First Line: Yong tching
Last Line: Perhaps you will look up his verses


CANTO 62       
First Line: Acquit of evil intention
Last Line: By fairness, honesty and straight moving %arriba adams


CANTO 63       
First Line: Towards sending of ellsworth
Last Line: A contest appeared to be opened


CANTO 64       
First Line: To john's bro, the sheriff, we lay a kind word in passing
Last Line: Says gridley: you keep very late hours


CANTO 65       
First Line: Jurors refuse to take oath
Last Line: Sent to london were sent to siberia


CANTO 66       
First Line: Could not let us bring their sugar to europe
Last Line: And any other dominions


CANTO 67       
First Line: Whereof memory of man runneth not to the contrary
Last Line: Heretofore save in england


CANTO 68       
First Line: The philosophers say: one, the few, the many
Last Line: Or french of the last 25 years


CANTO 69       
First Line: In which case a miniser here from congress wd/be useful
Last Line: Smelt it or before he told tom about it


CANTO 7       
First Line: Eleanor (she spoiled in a british climate)
Last Line: E biondo, with glass-grey iris, with an even side-fall of hair %the stiff, still features


CANTO 70       
First Line: My situation almost the only one in the world
Last Line: So they are against any rational theory %dum spiro amo


CANTO 71       
First Line: A german ambassador once told me he cdn't bear
Last Line: Ignorance of coin, credit and circulation


CANTO 72       
First Line: If one begins to remember the dung war
Last Line: The regiments and the banners will return


CANTO 74 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: The enormous tragedy of the dream in the peasant's bent
Last Line: We who have passed over lethe


CANTO 75 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: Out of phlegethon
Last Line: Not of one bird but of many


CANTO 76 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: And the sun high over horizon hidden in cloud bank
Last Line: And whose only right is their power


CANTO 77 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: And this day abner lifted a shovel
Last Line: Bringest to focus %zagreus %zagreus


CANTO 78 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: By the square elm of ida
Last Line: There %are %no %righteous %wars


CANTO 79 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: Moon, cloud, tower, a patch of the battistero
Last Line: O puma, sacred to hermes, cimbica servant of helios


CANTO 8       
First Line: These fragments you have shelved (shored).
Last Line: And that year he got out to cesena %and brought back the levies, %and that year he crossed by night


CANTO 80 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: Ain' committed no federal crime
Last Line: Sunset grand couturier


CANTO 81    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; ; Relationships; Disappointment; Books; Reading


CANTO 81 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: Zeus lies in ceres bosom
Last Line: All in the diffidence that faltered...


CANTO 81 (THE PISAN CANTOS), SELS.       


CANTO 81: LIBRETTO       
First Line: Yet %ere the season died a-cold
Last Line: All in the diffidence that faltered


CANTO 82 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: When with his hunting dog I see a cloud
Last Line: On the middle wire %periplum


CANTO 83 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: Hudor et ax
Last Line: Oh let an old man rest


CANTO 84       
First Line: 8th october
Last Line: If the hoar frost grip thy tent %thou wilt give thanks when night is spent


CANTO 84 (THE PISAN CANTOS)       
First Line: 8th october: si tuit li dolh elh plor
Last Line: Thou wilt give thanks when night is spent


CANTO 85       
First Line: Our dynasty came in because of a great sensibility
Last Line: Risked the smoke to go forward %aperiens tibi animum


CANTO 86       
First Line: With solicitude %that mirroured turbationem
Last Line: House, foreign relations %bellum cano perenne


CANTO 87       
First Line: Between the usurer and any man who
Last Line: Tigers mourn sikandar


CANTO 88       
First Line: It was saturday the 1st day of april, toward noon
Last Line: And %fifty %2 %weeks %in %4 %seasons


CANTO 89       
First Line: To know the histories
Last Line: Or, if you like, reck, at lake biwa


CANTO 9       
First Line: One year floods rose
Last Line: With a touch of rhetoric in the whole %and the old sarcophagi, %such a lie, smothered in grass, by s


CANTO 90       
First Line: From the colour the nature %&by the nature the sign!'
Last Line: But only in the love flowing from it. %ubi amor ibi oculus est


CANTO 91       
First Line: Ab lo dolchor qu'al cor mi vai
Last Line: O queen cytherea %che 'l terzo ciel movete


CANTO 92       
First Line: And from this mount were blown
Last Line: Sez ari 'custom in trade'


CANTO 93       
First Line: A man's paradise is his good nature'
Last Line: E monna vanna - tu mi fai rimembrar


CANTO 94       
First Line: Brederode' %(to rush, ap 4. 1790)
Last Line: To build light %jih %hsin %said ocellus


CANTO 95       
First Line: Love, gone as lightning
Last Line: Who now is sea-god


CANTO 96       
First Line: And the wave concealed her
Last Line: Anno sexto imperii, of the second justinian %'pacem'


CANTO 97       
First Line: Melik & edward struck coins-with-a-sword
Last Line: Kadzu, arachidi, acero %not lie down


CANTO 98       
First Line: The boat of ra-set moves with the sun
Last Line: And not to lose life for bad temper


CANTO 99       
First Line: Till the blue grass turn yellow
Last Line: The fu jen receives heaven, earth, middle %and grows


CANTUS PLANUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The black panther lies under his rose tree
Last Line: Hesper adest.


CAUSA    Poem Text    
First Line: I join these words for four people
Last Line: You do not know these four people.


CINO; ITALIAN CAMPAGNA 1309, THE OPEN ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Bah! I have sung women in three cities
Last Line: The clouds that are spray to its sea.


CLASSIC ANTHOLOGY AS DEFINED BY CONFUCIUS, SELS.       
First Line: She: curl-grass, curl-grass
Last Line: How should I leave my love alone!


CLASSIC ANTHOLOGY AS DEFINED BY CONFUCIUS, SELS.       
First Line: Vitex in swamp ground
Last Line: Having no heavy house


CLASSIC ANTHOLOGY AS DEFINED BY CONFUCIUS: 'LONG WIND, THE DAWN       
First Line: Falcon gone to the gloom
Last Line: I am drunk with the pain


CLASSIC ANTHOLOGY AS DEFINED BY CONFUCIUS: ALBA       
First Line: Creeper grows over thorn
Last Line: But at last to the one same house


CODA    Poem Text    
First Line: O my songs
Last Line: Will you find your lost dead among them?


COITUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The gilded phaloi of the crocuses
Last Line: The night about us is restless.


COME MY CANTILATIONS       


COMMISSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, my songs, to the lonely and the unsatisfied
Last Line: Be against all sorts of mortmain.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


DANCE FIGURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark eyed, / o woman of my dreams
Subject(s): Marriage; Beauty; Dancing & Dancers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


DANCE FIGURE; FOR THE MARRIAGE IN CANA OF GALILEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark-eyed / o woman of my dreams
Last Line: None with swift feet.


DANS UN OMNIBUS DE LONDRES       
First Line: Les yeux d'une morte
Last Line: Les yeux d'une morte %m'ont salue


DE AEGYPTO    Poem Text    
First Line: I, even I, am he who knoweth the roads
Last Line: Through the sky, and the wind thereof is my body.


DOGMATIC STATEMENT CONCERNING THE GAME OF CHESS: THEME FOR A SERIES OF PICTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Red knights, brown bishops, bright queens
Subject(s): Chess


DORIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Be in me as the eternal moods
Last Line: Remember thee.


DUM CAPITOLIUM SCANDET    Poem Text    
First Line: How many will come after me
Last Line: Clear speakers, naked in the sun, untrammelled.


ENVOI    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, dumb-born book,
Subject(s): Books; Love; Reading


EPILOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: O chansons foregoing
Last Line: Are those of a maitre-de-cafe.


EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Leucis, who intended a grand passion
Last Line: Ends with a willingness-to-oblige.


EPITAPH: FU I    Poem Text    
First Line: Fu I loved the high cloud and the hill
Last Line: Alas, he died of alcohol.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


EPITAPH: LI PO    Poem Text    
First Line: And li po also died drunk
Last Line: In the yellow river.
Subject(s): Li Po (701-762); Li Bai (71-762)


ERAT HORA    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank you, whatever comes.' and then she turned
Last Line: Than to have watched that hour as it passed.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


FAMAM LIBROSQUE CANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Your songs? / oh! The little mothers
Last Line: How I 'scaped immortality.


FAN-PIECE, FOR HER IMPERIAL LORD    Poem Text    
First Line: O fan of white silk
Last Line: You also are laid aside.


FISH AND THE SHADOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The salmon-trout drifts in the stream
Last Line: That falls through the pale green water.


FOR E. MCC.    Poem Text    
First Line: Gone while your tastes were keen to you
Last Line: Behold the shield! He shall not take thee all.


FOR THE TRIUMPH OF THE ARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: And what are the arts?
Subject(s): Arts & Artists


FRAGMENT (1966)       
First Line: That her acts
Last Line: Whatever I may write %in the interim


FRAGMENT TO W.C.W.'S ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh hale green song
Subject(s): Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)


FRANCESCA    Poem Text    
First Line: You came in out of the night
Last Line: Alone.


FRATRES MINORES    Poem Text    
First Line: With minds still hovering above their testicles
Last Line: Is incapable of producing a lasting nirvana.


FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, my songs, let us express our baser passions
Last Line: Or that there is no caste in this family.


GENTILDONNA    Poem Text    
First Line: She passed and left no quiver in the veins, who now
Last Line: Grey olive leaves beneath a rain-cold sky.


GUIDO INVITES YOU THUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Lappo I leave behind and dante too
Last Line: "lo, thou hast voyaged not! The ship is mine."


HEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The black panther treads at my side
Last Line: Watches to follow our trace.


HISTRION       
First Line: No man hath dared to write this thing as yet


HOMAGE TO QUINTUS SEPTIMIUS FLORENTIS CHRISTIANUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Theodorus willl be pleased at my death


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Shades of callimachus, coan ghosts of philetas
Last Line: A name not to be worn out with the years.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: Light, light of my eyes, at an exceeding late hour I was wandering
Last Line: Since that day I have had no pleasant nights.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: The harsh acts of your levity!
Last Line: Though you walk in the via sacra, with a peacock's tail for a fan.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 12    Poem Text    
First Line: Who, who will be the next man to entrust his girl to a friend?
Last Line: And now propertius of cynthia, taking his stand among these.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I had been seen in the shade, recumbent on cushioned helicon
Last Line: Stiffened our face with the backwash of philetas the coan.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight, and a letter comes to me from our mistress
Last Line: At any rate I shall not have my epitaph in a high road.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 4. DIFFERENCE OF OPINION WITH LYGDAMUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me the truths which you hear of our constant young lady
Last Line: After twelve months of discomfort?
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Now if ever it is time to cleanse helicon
Last Line: "because helen's conduct is ""unsuitable."
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: When, when, and whenever death closes our eyelids
Last Line: Small talk comes from small bones.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Me happy night, night full of brightness
Last Line: God am I for the time.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: Jove, be merciful to that unfortunate woman
Last Line: There will be, in any case, a stir on olympus.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HOMAGE TO SEXTUS PROPERTIUS: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: The twisted rhombs ceased their clamour of accompaniment
Last Line: Promised me.
Subject(s): Propertius, Sextus (50-15 B.c.)


HORAE BEATAE INSCRIPTIO    Poem Text    
First Line: How will this beauty, when I am far hence
Last Line: Turned in their sapphire tide, come flooding o'er us!


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 1. E.P. ODE POUR L'ELECTION DE SON SEPULCHRE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For three years, out of key with his time
Last Line: No adjunct to the muses' diadem.
Variant Title(s): Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre: E.p. Ode
Subject(s): London; Poetry & Poets


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath the sagging roof
Last Line: The door has a creaking latch.


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: Conservatrix of milesien' / habits of mind and feeling
Last Line: Told her would fit her station.


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 12    Poem Text    
First Line: Daphne with her thighs in bark
Last Line: Of pierian roses.


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 13. ENVOI, 1919    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Go, dumb-born book
Last Line: All things save beauty alone.
Subject(s): Beauty; Composers; Lawes, Henry (1596-1662); Singing & Singers; Songs


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The age demanded an image / of its accelerated image
Last Line: "or the ""sculpture"" of rhyme."


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: The tea-rose tea-gown, etc.
Last Line: Shall I place a tin wreath upon!


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 4    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: These fought in any case
Last Line: Laughter out of dead bellies.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 5    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There died a myriad
Last Line: For a few thousand battered books.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 6. YEUX GLAUQUES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Gladstone was still respected / when john ruskin produced
Last Line: Adulteries.
Subject(s): Buchanan, Robert William (1841-1901); Burne-jones, Edward Coley (1833-1898); Critics & Criticism; Dramatists; Novels & Novelists; Paintings & Painters; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Ruskin, John (1819-1900); Dramatists


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 7. 'SIENA MI FE'    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Among the pickled fetuses and bottled bones
Last Line: Because of these reveries.
Subject(s): Exiles; Plarr, Victor Gustav (1863-1929); Poetry & Poets


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 8. BRENNBAUM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The sky-like limpid eyes
Last Line: "of brennbaum ""the impeccable."
Subject(s): Beerbohm, Max (1872-1956); Humorists


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: 9. MR. NIXON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In the cream gilded cabin of his steam yacht
Last Line: And died, there's nothing in it.
Subject(s): Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931); Novels & Novelists; Poetry & Poets


HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLEY: ENVOI: 1909       
First Line: Go, dumb-born book
Last Line: All things save beauty alone


I WAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: As some pale-lidded ghost that calls
Subject(s): Waiting


IF EVERYTHING HAPPENS THAT CAN'T BE DONE    Poem Text    
Last Line: We're wonderful one times one
Subject(s): Books


IF EVERYTHING HAPPENS THAT CAN'T EB DONE       


IF EVERYTHING HAPPENS THAT CAN'T EB DONE       
Last Line: We're wonderful one times one
Subject(s): Love - Marital


IKON    Poem Text    
First Line: It is in the art hightes business to create the beautiful image
Last Line: In that long dreaming; to strew our path to valhalla; to give rich gifts by the way.


IMAGE FROM D'ORLEANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Young men riding in the street
Last Line: In the bright new season.


IMPRESSIONS OF FRANCOIS-MARIE AROUET (DE VOLTAIRE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Where, lady, are the days
Last Line: Forgetting even her beauty.
Subject(s): Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet De


IN A STATION OF THE METRO    Poem Text    
First Line: The apparition of these faces in the crowd
Last Line: Petals on a wet, black bough.
Subject(s): Beauty; Imagism; Paris, France; Subways


IN DURANCE (1907)    Poem Text    
First Line: I am homesick after mine own kind
Last Line: "beyond, beyond, beyond, there lies . . ."


IN EXITUM CUIUSDAM; ON A CERTAIN ONE'S DEPARTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Time's bitter flood'! Oh, that's all very well
Last Line: How many faces I'd have out of mind.


IONE, DEAD THE LONG YEAR'       
First Line: Empty are the ways


ITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, my songs, seek your praise from the young and from the
Last Line: And take your wounds from it gladly.


KORE       
First Line: Yea, she hath passed hereby and blessed the sheaves


L'ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth
Subject(s): Paintings & Paintdrs; Food & Eating


L'ART, 1910    Poem Text    
First Line: Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth
Last Line: Crushed strawberries! Come, let us feast our eyes.


L'HOMME MOYEN SENSUEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis of my country that I would endite
Last Line: He is the prototype of half the nation.


LA FRAISNE    Poem Text    
First Line: For I was a gaunt, grave councillor
Last Line: Here 'mid the ash trees.


LADIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Four and forty lovers had agathas in the old days
Last Line: Assails me, and concerns me almost as little.


LANGUE D'OC: ALBA    Poem Text    
First Line: When the nightingale to his mate
Last Line: "flies."
Variant Title(s): Alba


LANGUE D'OC: AVRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: When the springtime is sweet
Last Line: We take their measure.


LANGUE D'OC: COMPLEYNT OF A GENTLEMAN WHO HAS BEEN WAITING OUTSIDE ..    Poem Text    
First Line: O plasmatour and true celestial light
Last Line: "though day break."


LANGUE D'OC: DESCANT ON A THEME BY CERCLAMON    Poem Text    
First Line: When the sweet air goes bitter
Last Line: In my ears.


LANGUE D'OC: VERGIER    Poem Text    
First Line: In orchard under the hawthorne
Last Line: And day comes on.


LES MILLWIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The little millwins attend the russian ballet
Last Line: For it seems to us worthy of record.


LIU CH'E    Poem Text    
First Line: The rustling of the silk is discontinued
Last Line: A wet leaf that clings to the threshold.


MARVOIL    Poem Text    
First Line: A poor clerk I, 'arnaut the less' they call me
Last Line: Mihi pergamena deest
Subject(s): Arnaut De Marvoil [mareuil] (1170-1200); Poetry & Poets


MAUBERLEY: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Turned from the 'eau-forte / par jaquemart'
Last Line: To forge achaia.


MAUBERLEY: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: For three years, diabolus in the scale
Last Line: Left him as epilogues.


MAUBERLEY: 3. 'THE AGE DEMANDED'    Poem Text    
First Line: For this agility chance found
Last Line: Exclusion from the world of letters.


MAUBERLEY: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Scattered moluccas / not knowing, day to day
Last Line: "an hedonist."


MAUBERLEY: 5. MEDALLION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Luini in porcelain!
Last Line: The eyes turn topaz.
Subject(s): Luini, Bernardino (1480-1532); Paintings & Painters


MEDITATIO    Poem Text    
First Line: When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs
Last Line: I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


MESMERISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Aye you're a man that! Ye old mesmerizer
Last Line: Clear sight's elector!


MIDDLE-AGED; A STUDY IN EMOTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis but a vague, invarious delight
Last Line: "to see the brightness of."
Subject(s): Middle Age


MOEURS CONTEMPORARIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Mr. Hecatomb styrax, the owner of a large estate
Last Line: I never saw her again.


MONUMENTUM AERE, ETC.    Poem Text    
First Line: You say that I take a good deal upon myself
Last Line: Over your grave.


MR. HOUSMAN'S MESSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: O woe, woe
Last Line: Oh, woe, woe, woe, etcetera. . . .
Subject(s): Housman, Alfred Edward (1859-1936)


N.Y.    Poem Text    
First Line: My city, my beloved, my white! Ah, slender
Last Line: And thou shalt live for ever.
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


NA AUDIART    Poem Text    
First Line: Though thou well dost wish me ill
Last Line: Que be-m vols mal.
Subject(s): Bertran De Born (1202-1215)


NEAR PERIGORD    Poem Text    
First Line: You'd have men's hearts up from the dust
Last Line: A broken bundle of mirrors . . . !


NICHARCHUS UPON PHIDON HIS DOCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Phidon neither purged me, nor touched me
Last Line: But I remembered the name of his fever medicine and died.
Subject(s): Physicians; Doctors


NIGHT LITANY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: O dieu, purifiez nos coeurs!
Last Line: O god of waters.


NIGHT LITANY (2)       
First Line: Yea, the lines hast thou laid unto me


NOTES FOR AN UNPUBLISHED CANTO       
First Line: La carence or damn slimness


NOTES FOR CANTO 117 ET SEQ.       
First Line: For the blue flash and the moments
Last Line: To be men not destroyers


NOTES FOR CANTO 120    Poem Text    
First Line: I have tried to write paradise
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Heaven; Paradise


O ATTHIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy soul
Last Line: Thou restless, ungathered.


OF JACOPO DEL SELLAIO    Poem Text    
First Line: This man knew out the secret ways of love
Last Line: The eyes of this dead lady speak to me.
Subject(s): Jacopo Del Sallaio (1442-1493); Love


OLD IDEA OF CHOAN BY ROSORIU    Poem Text    
First Line: The narrow streets cut into the wide highway at choan
Last Line: Whom we meet on strange roadways?


ON HIS OWN FACE IN A GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: O strange face there in the glass!
Last Line: And ye?


ORTUS    Poem Text    
First Line: How have I laboured?
Last Line: No portion, but a being.


OUR CONTEMPORARIES    Poem Text    
First Line: When the taihaitian princess
Last Line: And wrote ninety petrarchan sonnets.


PAGANI'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly discovering in the eyes of the very beautify normande cocotte
Subject(s): Museums; Art Gallerys


PAGANI'S, NOVEMBER 8    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly discovering in the eyes of the very beautiful
Last Line: The eyes of the very learned british museum assistant.


PAN IS DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Pan is dead. Great pan is dead
Last Line: "upon such hollow season?"


PAPYRUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring / too long
Last Line: Gongula . . . . . .
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


PARACELSUS IN EXCELSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Being no longer human, why should I
Last Line: "in us alone the element of calm."


PHANOPOEIA: CONCAVA VALLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: The wire-like bands of colour involute
Last Line: Stretches both sea-cliff and ocean.


PHANOPOEIA: ROSE WHITE, YELLOW, SILVER    Poem Text    
First Line: The swirl of light follows me through the square
Last Line: It falls and rolls to your feet.


PHANOPOEIA: SALTUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The swirling sphere has opened
Last Line: You have perceived the leaves of the flame.


PHASELLUS ILLE       
First Line: This papier-mache, which you see, my friends


PHYLLIDULA    Poem Text    
First Line: Phyllidula is scrawny but amorous
Last Line: Let her change her religion.


PICCADILLY       
First Line: Beautiful, tragical faces


PIERE VIDAL OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: When I but think upon the great dead days
Last Line: Ha! This scent is hot!


PLANH FOR THE YOUNG ENGLISH KING    Poem Text    
First Line: If all the grief and woe and bitterness
Last Line: There where there is no grief, nor shall be sadness.


PORTRAIT D'UNE FEMME    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Your mind and you are our sargasso sea
Last Line: Yet this is you.
Subject(s): Farr, Florence; Women


POST MORTEM CONSPECTU    Poem Text    
First Line: A brown, fat babe sitting in the lotus
Last Line: And laughter is the end of all things.


PRAISE OF YSOLT    Poem Text    
First Line: In vain have I striven
Last Line: While in his heart art thou?


PREFERENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is true that you say the gods are more use to
Last Line: You will say that I deserve this.
Variant Title(s): The Choice


PROVINCIA DESERTA    Poem Text    
First Line: At rochecoart
Last Line: I have thought of them living.
Subject(s): France


QUIES    Poem Text    
First Line: This is another of our ancient loves
Last Line: Hath lacked a something. 'twas but marginal.


SALUTATION    Poem Text    
First Line: O generation of the thoroughly smug
Last Line: And do not even own clothing.


SALUTATION THE SECOND    Poem Text    
First Line: You were praised, my books
Last Line: And that you will live forever.


SALUTATION THE THIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us deride the smugness of 'the times'
Last Line: Lick off the blacking.


SALVATIONISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, my songs, let us speak of perfection
Last Line: All the bulmenian literati.


SATIEMUS    Poem Text    
First Line: What if I know thy speeches word by word?
Last Line: Nor find aught novel in thy merriment?


SENNIN POEM BY KAKUHAKU    Poem Text    
First Line: The red and green kingfishers
Last Line: Can you even tell the age of a turtle?


SESTINA: ALTAFORTE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Damn it all! All this our south stinks peace
Last Line: "hell blot black for alway the thought ""peace!"
Subject(s): Blood; Peace; War


SHOP GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: For a moment she rested against me
Last Line: And the harlots of baudelaire.


SILET    Poem Text    
First Line: When I behold how black, immortal ink
Last Line: To plague to-morrow with a testament!
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


SIMULACRA    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does the horse-faced lady of just the unmentionable age
Last Line: Undeterred by the manifest age of my trappings?


SOCIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: The family position was waning
Last Line: Now bears the palsied contact of phidippus.


SPEECH FOR PSYCHE IN THE GOLDEN BOOK OF APULEIUS    Poem Text    
First Line: All night, and as the wind lieth among
Last Line: O winds, what wind can match the weight of him!


SUB MARE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is, and is not, I am sane enough
Last Line: These things that are familiars of the god.


SURGIT FAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a truce among the gods
Last Line: "full of gossip and old tales."


TAME CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: It rests me to be among beautiful women
Last Line: "is both stimulating and delightful."
Subject(s): Beauty


TEMPORA    Poem Text    
First Line: Io! Io! Tamuz!
Last Line: "may my poems be printed this week?"


TENZONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Will people accept them?
Last Line: In the darkness.


THE ALCHEMIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Sail of claustra, aelis, azalais
Last Line: Quiet this metal.
Subject(s): Alchemy & Alchemists; Supernatural


THE ALTAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us build here an exquisite friendship
Last Line: Where these have been, meet 'tis, the ground is holy.


THE BATH TUB    Poem Text    
First Line: As a bathtub lined with white porcelain
Last Line: O my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.


THE BELLAIRES    Poem Text    
First Line: The good bellaires
Last Line: Are very charming people.


THE CHARGE OF THE BREAD BRIGADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Half a loaf, half a loaf, / half a loaf? Um-hum?
Last Line: Fed 'em with hogwash!
Subject(s): Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892); Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron


THE CLOAK    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou keep'st thy rose-leaf
Last Line: Time than my eyes.


THE COMING OF WAR: ACTAEON    Poem Text    
First Line: An image of lethe
Last Line: The silent cortege.
Subject(s): War


THE CONDOLENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: O my fellow sufferers, songs of my youth
Last Line: And return to that which concerns us.


THE ENCOUNTER    Poem Text    
First Line: All the while they were talking the new morality
Last Line: Of a japanese paper napkin.


THE EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: Rest master, for we be a-weary, weary
Last Line: And we would look thereon.


THE FAUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ha! Sir, I have seen you sniffing and snoozling
Last Line: "and scare itself to spasms."
Subject(s): Horticulture


THE FLAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis not a game that plays at mates and mating
Last Line: Your grasp, I have eluded.


THE GAME OF CHESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Red knights, brown bishops, bright queens
Last Line: Blocked lights working in. Escapes. Renewal of contest.
Subject(s): Chess


THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a skein of loose silk blown against a wall
Last Line: Will commit that indiscretion.
Subject(s): Kensington Gardens; Social Classes; Caste


THE GARRET    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, let us pity those who are better off than we are
Last Line: The hour of waking together.


THE GREAT DIGEST OF CONFUCIUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The great learning (adult study, grinding corn in the head's mortatr to fit it
Last Line: "happen. ""take not cliff for morass and treacherous bramble."
Subject(s): Confucius And Confucianism; Discipline; Education; Order; Self-control


THE GYPSY    Poem Text    
First Line: That was the top of the walk, when he said
Last Line: With caravans, but never an ape or a bear.


THE HOUSE OF SPLENDOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis evanoe's, / a house not made with hands
Last Line: Break down the four-square walls of standing time.


THE LAKE ISLE    Poem Text    
First Line: O god, o venus, o mercury, patron of thieves
Last Line: Where one needs one's brains all the time.


THE NEEDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, or the stellar tide will slip away
Last Line: Until this course turneth aside.


THE NEW CAKE OF SOAP    Poem Text    
First Line: Lo, how it gleams and glistens in the sun
Last Line: Like the cheek of a chesterton.


THE PATTERNS    Poem Text    
First Line: Erinna is a model parent
Last Line: Her offspring are fat and happy.


THE PICTURE (VENUS RECLINING)    Poem Text    
First Line: The eyes of this dead lady speak to me
Last Line: The eyes of this dead lady speak to me.
Subject(s): Jacopo Del Sallaio (1442-1493); Love; Paintings And Painters


THE PLUNGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I would bathe myself in strangeness:
Last Line: Alien people!


THE REST    Poem Text    
First Line: O helpless few in my country
Last Line: I have beaten out my exile.
Subject(s): Exiles; United States; America


THE RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: See, they return; ah, see the tentative
Last Line: Pallid the leash-men!
Subject(s): Reality


THE RIVER-MECHANT'S WIFE: A LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead - see more at: http://www.Poets.Org/viewmedi
Subject(s): Nature; Marriage; Againg; Absence; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Separation; Isolation


THE SEAFARER    Poem Text    
First Line: May I for my own self song's truth reckon
Subject(s): Sea Voyages


THE SEEING EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: The small dogs look at the big dogs
Last Line: That we find minute observation.
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


THE SOCIAL ORDER    Poem Text    
First Line: This government official
Last Line: Save a squabble of female connections.


THE SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Cydonian [or, cydonion] spring with her attendant train
Last Line: Moves only now a clinging tenuous ghost.


THE STUDY IN AESTHETICS    Poem Text    
First Line: The very small children in patched clothing
Last Line: And at this I was mildly abashed.


THE TEA SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: The girl in the tea shop
Last Line: She also will turn middle-aged.


THE TEMPERAMENTS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Nine adulteries, 12 liaisons, 64 fornications and something
Last Line: He had to be four times cuckold.
Subject(s): Sex


THE THREE POETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Candidia has taken a new lover
Last Line: And the third writes an epigram to candidia.
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets


THE TOMB AT AKR CAAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I am thy soul, nikoptis. I have watched
Last Line: "I do not go."
Subject(s): Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


THE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: I stood still and was a tree amid the wood
Last Line: That was rank folly to my head before.
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE WHITE STAG    Poem Text    
First Line: I ha' seen them 'mid the clouds on the heather
Last Line: "bid the world's hounds come to horn!"


THRENOS    Poem Text    
First Line: No more for us the little sighing
Last Line: Tintagoel.


TO A FRIEND WRITING ON CABARET DANCERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Good 'hedgethorn,' for we'll anglicize your name
Last Line: "la donna e mobile."
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


TO DIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Who am I to condemn you, o dives
Last Line: As you are with useless riches?


TO FORMIANUS' YOUNG LADY FRIEND; AFTER VALERIUS CATULLUS    Poem Text    
First Line: All hail! Young lady with a nose
Last Line: O most unfortunate age!


TO KALON    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in my dreams you have denied yourself to me
Last Line: And sent me only your handmaids.


TO WHISTLER, AMERICAN; ON LOAN EXHIBIT OF PAINTINGS AT TATE GALLERY    Poem Text    
First Line: You also, our first great
Last Line: Show us there's chance at least of winning through.
Subject(s): Whistler, James Abbott (1834-1903)


TO-EM-MEI'S 'THE UNMOVING CLOUD'    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds have gathered, and gathered
Last Line: "he can not know of our sorrow."


TRANSLATOR TO TRANSLATED       
First Line: O harry heine, curses be


TS'AI CHI'H    Poem Text    
First Line: The petals fall in the fountain
Last Line: Their ochre clings to the stone.


VILLANELLE: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: I had over-prepared the event
Last Line: "dear pound, I am leaving england."


VILLONAUD FOR THIS YULE    Poem Text    
First Line: Towards the noel that morte saison
Last Line: Wining the ghosts of yester-year.


VORTEX.POUND       
First Line: The vortex is the point of maximum energy
Last Line: Cover us with your pools of fir


WAR SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Well pleaseth me the sweet time of easter
Subject(s): War


WAR VERSE (1914)    Poem Text    
First Line: O two-penny poets, be still--
Last Line: From leman and brialmont.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


WELL PLEASETH ME THE SWEET TIME OF EASTER       
Subject(s): Spring


WOMEN BEFORE A SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: The gew-gaws of false amber and false turquoise attract them
Last Line: "like to like nature"": these agglutinous yellows!"


WOMEN OF TRAKIS, SELS.       
First Line: Phoebus, phoebus, ere thou slay
Last Line: Or death reign instantly