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Graves, Robert Ranke    Poet's Biography
288 poems available by this author


1805       
First Line: At viscount nelson's lavish funeral
Last Line: By his unservicelike, familiar ways, sir, %he made the whole fleet love him, damn his eyes!
Subject(s): Nelson, Horatio, Viscount (1758-1805)


A BOY IN CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Gabble-gabble, ... Brethren, ... Gabble-gabble!'
Last Line: With furious zeal like madmen praying.


A CHILD'S NIGHTMARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Through long nursery nights he stood / by my bed unwearying
Last Line: "saying for ever, ""cat! ... Cat! ... Cat!"
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


A DEAD BOCHE    Poem Text    
First Line: To you who'd read my songs of war / and only hear of blood and fame
Last Line: Dribbling black blood from nose and beard.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


A LOVER SINCE CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Tangled in thought am I
Last Line: Swallow your pride, let us be as we used to be.
Subject(s): Love


A PINCH OF SALT    Poem Text    
First Line: When a dream is born in you
Last Line: Close up your fingers tight and hold him fast.


A RENASCENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: White flabbiness goes brown and lean, dumpling arms are now brass bars
Last Line: Poetry is born again.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ADVICE TO COLONEL VALENTINE       
First Line: To fall in love, though classically human
Last Line: Even if a foolish girl, not yet full grown, %confronts you with a scarcely decent passion
Subject(s): Aging; Love - Age Differences


ALLIE       
First Line: Allie, call the birds in
Last Line: How we played by the water's edge %till the april sun set


AMBROSIA OF DIONYSUS AND SEMELE       
First Line: Little slender lad, toad-headed
Last Line: Who have ambrosia eaten and yet live
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical


AN OLD AND TWENTY-THIRD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Is that the three and twentieth, strabo mine
Last Line: "shall bang old vercingetorix out of gaul."
Variant Title(s): The Legion
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ANCESTORS       
First Line: My new year's drink is mulled tonight
Last Line: I dash their swill upon the floor: %let them lap grovelling,tongue to tongue


ANGRY SAMSON       
First Line: Are they blind, the lords of gaza
Last Line: A-clank to my stride
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


ARMISTICE DAY, 1918       
First Line: What's all this hubbub and yelling %commotion and scamper of feet
Last Line: We left them streched out on their pallets of mud %low down with the worm and the ant
Subject(s): World War I


AT BEST, POETS       
First Line: Woman with her forests, moons, flowers, waters


AT FIRST SIGHT       
First Line: Love at first sight, some say, misnaming
Last Line: So that the cheek blanches and then blushes


AT THE GAMES       
First Line: Two quiet sportsmen, this an englishman


AT THE SAVORY CHAPEL       
First Line: Up to the wedding, formal with heirloom lace
Last Line: Resolute and unchangeably your own
Subject(s): Marriage


BABYLON    Poem Text    
First Line: The child alone a poet is
Last Line: Weeping for lost babylon.


BATTLE OF THE TREES       
First Line: The tops of the beech tree
Last Line: On the field of goddeu brig
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


BAZENTIN, 1916       
First Line: That was a curious night two years ago
Last Line: And slew the rascal at the small of my back. %that was a strange day! %yes, and a merry one
Subject(s): World War I


BEACH       
First Line: Louder than gulls the little children scream
Last Line: That every ocean smells alike of tar


BEAUTY IN TROUBLE       
First Line: Beauty in trouble flees to the good angel
Last Line: But would you to the marriage of true minds %admit impediment?


BIG WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I've whined of coming death, but now, no more!
Last Line: He cursed, prayed, sweated, wished the proud words back.
Subject(s): Courage; World War I; Valor; Bravery; First World War


BIRTH OF A GREAT MAN       
First Line: Eighth child of an eighth child, your wilful advent
Last Line: But evade the sesquipedalian school inspector %with his muzzle and his bag!
Subject(s): Birth


BLUE-FLY       
First Line: Five summer days, five summer nights
Last Line: To glut the carriers of her epidemics - %nor did the peach complain
Subject(s): Epidemics; Flies


BURRS AND BRAMBLES       
First Line: Discourse, bruised heart, on trivial things


CALL IT A GOOD MARRIAGE       
First Line: Call it a good marriage
Last Line: Two deaths by suicide
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


CAREERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Father is quite the greatest poet
Last Line: And you'll be jealous, you pig!


CAROL OF PATIENCE       
First Line: Shepherds armed with staff and sling
Subject(s): Christmas


CAT-GODDESSES    Poem Text    
First Line: A perverse habit of cat-goddesses
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


CAT-GODDESSES       
First Line: A perverse habit of cat-goddesses
Last Line: As soon they shall be happy to desert
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


CERTAIN MERCIES       
First Line: Now must all satisfaction
Last Line: Pampering the spirit %with obscure, proud merit?


CHERRY-TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Cherries of the night are riper
Last Line: And you'll be fairies all.
Subject(s): Cherries; Fruit


CHILDRENOF DARKNESS       
First Line: We spurred our parents to the kiss
Last Line: We loathe to gaze upon the sun


CHRISTMAS ROBIN       
First Line: The snows of february had buried christmas
Last Line: He prophesied more snow, and worse than snow
Subject(s): Christmas


CLEARING       
First Line: Above this bramble-overarched long lane
Last Line: Though the twigs crackling under a light foot %declare her immanence


COOL WEB       
First Line: Children are dumb to say how hot the day is
Last Line: Facing the rose, the dark sky and the drums, %we shall go mad no doubt and die that way
Subject(s): Heat; Language


CORNER-KNOT       
First Line: I was a child and overwhelmed: mozart
Last Line: Then, home again, had sighed above the score %'ay, a remembrancer, but nothing more'
Subject(s): Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)


CORPORAL STARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Back from the line one night in june, / I gave a dinner at bethune
Last Line: A fag-end dropped on the silent road.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


COUNTING THE BEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: You, love, and I
Last Line: Wakeful they lie.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


COUNTRY AT WAR       
First Line: And what of home - how goes it, boys
Last Line: Each cries for god to understand, %'I could not help it, it was my hand.'
Subject(s): World War I


DAMOCLES       
First Line: Death never troubled damocles
Last Line: Of the world's doom %and swords of damocles
Subject(s): Damocles (4th Century B.c.)


DANCING FLAME       
First Line: Pass now in metaphor beyond birds
Last Line: Of love, which is: never to turn back


DEAD COW FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: An ancient saga tells us how
Last Line: And the cow's dead, the old cow's dead.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


DEAD FOX HUNTER       
First Line: We found the little captain at the head
Last Line: And the whole host of seraphim complete %must jog in scarlet to his opening meet
Subject(s): World War I


DEATH ROOM       
First Line: Look forward, truant, to your second childhood
Last Line: Waits jealously till children close their eyes
Subject(s): Death


DEDICATION OF THREE HATS       
First Line: This round hat I devote to mars %tough steel with leather lined
Last Line: With wounds and cramps for three long years %limped back, and sat for school
Subject(s): World War I


DEFEAT OF THE REBELS       
First Line: The enemy forces are in wild flight
Subject(s): War


DETHRONEMENT       
First Line: With pain pressing so close about your heart
Last Line: Poured to persephone, in whose demesne %you shall again find peace


DEVIL'S ADVICE TO STORY-TELLERS       
First Line: Lest men suspect your tale to be untrue
Last Line: Nice contradiction between fact and fact %will make the whole read human and exact


DIED OF WOUNDS       
First Line: And so they marked me dead, the day %that I turned twenty-one?
Last Line: The twenty-fourth of july! %god smiled %beguiled %by a wish so wild, %and let me always stay a child
Subject(s): World War I


DOUBLE RED DAISIES, THEY'RE MY FLOWERS       


DOWN       
First Line: Downstairs a clock had chimed, two o'clock only
Last Line: On the flame-axis of this terrible earth; %toppling upon their waterfall, o spirit


DOWN, WANTON, DOWN!       
First Line: Down, wanton, down! Have you no shame
Last Line: Or love swear loyalty to your crown? %be gone, have done! Down, wanton down


ENGLISH WOOD       
First Line: This valley wood is pledged
Last Line: Small pathways idly tend %towards no fearful end
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


EPITAPH ON AN UNFORTUNATE ARTIST       
First Line: He found a formula for drawing comic rabbits
Last Line: So in the end he could not change the tragic habits %this formula for drawing comic rabbits made


ESCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: But I was dead, an hour or more
Last Line: O life! O sun!
Subject(s): Death; Escapes; World War I; Dead, The; Fugitives; First World War


EVERYWHERE IS HERE, SELS.       
First Line: By this exchange of eyes, this encirclement
Last Line: In a double star, the god above the green
Subject(s): Love - Marital


EXILE       
First Line: Into exile with only a few shirts


FACE IN THE MIRROR       
First Line: Gray haunted eyes, absent-mindedly glaring
Last Line: He still stands ready, with a boy's presumption, %to court the queen in her high silk pavilion
Subject(s): Aging


FALLEN TOWER OF SILOAM       
First Line: Should the building totter, run for an archway!
Subject(s): War


FALSE REPORT       
First Line: Are they blind, the lords of gaza
Last Line: Clanking to my stride


FAMILIAR LETTERS TO SIEGFRIED SASSOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I never dreamed we'd meet that day / in our old haunts down fricourt way
Last Line: And god! What poetry we'll write!
Subject(s): Sassoon, Siegfried (1886-1967); World War I; First World War


FAUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Here down this very way
Last Line: "faun, what is he?"


FINDING OF LOVE       
First Line: Pale at first, and cold
Last Line: With joy in steadfastness


FINLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Feet and faces tingle
Last Line: And stamps to mark the tune.
Subject(s): Finland


FLYING CROOKED    Poem Text    
First Line: The butterly, the cabbage-white
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


FLYING CROOKED       
First Line: The butterly, the cabbage-white
Last Line: Even the arobatic swift %has not his flying-crooked gift
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects


FOR THE RAIN IT RAINETH EVERY DAY       
First Line: Arabs complain - or so I have been told
Last Line: How could that comfort you?
Subject(s): Rain


FOREBODING       
First Line: Looking by chance in at the open window


FOUR CHILDREN       
First Line: As I lay quietly in the grass


FOX'S DINGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Take now a country mood
Last Line: In snow-cool water.
Variant Title(s): A Country Mood
Subject(s): Country Life


FREE VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I now delight / in spite
Last Line: Academic extravaganza!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


FROG AND THE GOLDEN BALL       
First Line: She let her golden ball fall down the well
Last Line: Is magic of love less powerful at your court %than at this green well-head
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


FROM OUR GHOSTLY ENEMY       
First Line: The fire was already white ash


FROM THE EMBASSY       
First Line: I, an ambassador of otherwhere
Last Line: And she enquiries for literature %come in by every post, and the side door


FROSTY NIGHT       
First Line: Alice, dear, what ails you
Last Line: Who was it said, 'I will love?' %'mother, let me go'


FULL MOON       
First Line: As I walked out that sultry night


GALATEA AND PYGMALION       
First Line: Galatea, whom his furious chisel
Last Line: Admitted rankly to a comprehension %of themes that crowned her own, not his repute
Subject(s): Lust


GARDENER       
First Line: Loveliest flowers, though crooked in their border
Last Line: And bring the most to pass


GENERAL ELLIOT       
First Line: He fell in victory's fierce pursuit


GLUTTON       
First Line: Beyond the atlas roams a glutton
Last Line: Loathing each other's carrion company
Subject(s): Gluttony; Hate; Sex


GOLIATH AND DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet once an earlier david took
Last Line: Goliath straddles over him.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


GREAT GRANDMOTHER       
First Line: That aged woman with the bass voice


GROTESQUE: 1       
First Line: My chinese uncle, gouty, deaf, half-blinded
Last Line: By giving long and unexceptional exact directions %to a little coolie girl, who'd lost her way


GROTESQUE: 2       
First Line: The lion-faced boy at the fair
Last Line: Like gods of dissimilar races


GROTESQUE: 3       
First Line: Dr. Newman with crooked pince-nez
Last Line: Then put it back again with a slight frown


GROTESQUE: 4       
First Line: A royal duke, with no campaigning medals
Last Line: While royal toasts went round


GROTESQUE: 5       
First Line: Sir john addressed the snake god in his temple
Last Line: Hissed like a snake, and swallowed him at one mouthful


GROTESQUE: 6       
First Line: All horses on the racecourse of tralee
Last Line: Warned by a speaking mare since turned silentiary


HALLS OF BEDLAM       
First Line: Forewarned of madness
Last Line: As if already mad
Subject(s): Depression, Mental


HATE NOT, FEAR NOT       
First Line: Kill if you must, but never hate: %man is but grass and hate is blight
Last Line: Through blazing fires of battle hurled, %hate not, strike, fear not, stare death out!
Subject(s): World War I


HAUNTED       
First Line: Gulp down your wine, old friends of mine
Last Line: Dead, long dead, I'm ashamed to greet %dead men down the morning street
Subject(s): World War I


HEDGES FREAKED WITH SNOW       
First Line: No argument, no anger, no remorse
Last Line: Which neither can surprise %in any other pair of eyes


HENRY AND MARY       
First Line: Henry was a young king
Subject(s): Friendship


HENRY AND MARY       
First Line: Henry was a young king
Last Line: As down the garden walks we go
Subject(s): Friendship


HERE THEY LIE       
First Line: Here they lie who once learned here
Last Line: Dead, but by free will they died: %they were true men, they had pride
Subject(s): World War I


HIDE AND SEEK       
First Line: The trees are tall, but the moon small
Last Line: But monsters to run shrieking from, %mad monsters of no kind?


HISTORY OF THE WORD       
First Line: The word that in the beginning was the word
Last Line: But two or three, that hear the word uttered.


I HATE THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I hate the moon, though it makes most people glad
Last Line: And I know one day it'll do me some dreadful thing.
Subject(s): Moon; World War I; First World War


I WONDER WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE DROWNED    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at my knees
Last Line: I wonder what it feels like to be drowned?
Subject(s): Drowning


I'D LOVE TO BE A FAIRY'S CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Children born of fairy stock
Last Line: I'd love to be a fairy's child.


IN BROKEN IMAGES       
First Line: He is quick, thinking in clear images
Last Line: He in a new confusion of his understanding; %I in a new understanding of my confusion


IN HER ONLY WAY       
First Line: When her need for you dies
Last Line: She both loved you and hurt you %in her only way


IN PERSPECTIVE       
First Line: What, keep love in perspective? -- that old lie
Last Line: Even the blind will sense that something's wrong


IN PROCESSION       
First Line: Often, half-way to sleep
Last Line: Where between sleep and sleep I dwell


IN THE WILDERNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Christ of his gentleness
Last Line: Tears like a lover wept.
Subject(s): Bible; Jesus Christ; Religion; Theology


IN TIME       
First Line: In time all undertakings are made good


INTERRUPTION       
First Line: If ever against this easy blue and silver
Last Line: Unpeopled and unfeathered blue and silver, %before, behind, above


IT WAS ALL VERY TIDY       
First Line: When I reached his place
Last Line: He was unexceptionable: %it was all very tidy


IT'S A QUEER TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: It's hard to know if you're alive or dead
Last Line: It's a queer time.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


JEALOUS MAN       
First Line: To be homeless is a pride
Last Line: His war not hers
Subject(s): Jealousy


JOHN SKELTON    Poem Text    
First Line: What could be dafter
Last Line: Old john, you do me good!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Skelton, John (1460-1529)


JONAH    Poem Text    
First Line: A purple whale
Last Line: With disappointed tail.
Subject(s): Jonah (bible)


JUDGEMENT OF PARIS       
First Line: What if prince paris, after taking thought


JUS PRIMAE NOCTIS       
First Line: Love is a game for only two to play at
Last Line: She could not banish him from her soft bed
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


LAMENT FOR PASIPHAE       
First Line: Dying sun, shine warm a little longer!


LAST DAY OF LEAVE       
First Line: We five looked out over the moor
Last Line: We were akk there, all five of us in love, %not one yet killed, widowed or broken-hearted
Subject(s): War


LAST POEM       
First Line: A last poe,and a very last, and yet another
Last Line: And for me only; therefore, love, have done?


LEGS       
First Line: There was this road
Last Line: They had run in twenty puddles %before I regained them


LETTER FROM WALES       
First Line: This is a question of identity %which I can't answer. Abel, I'll presume
Last Line: But a stage before that, 'how am I to put %the question that I'm asking you to answer?
Subject(s): World War I


LETTER TO S.S. FROM BRYN-Y-PIN       
First Line: Poor fusilier aggrieved with fate %that lets you lag in france so late
Last Line: Where lurk the bogeys of old fear %to think of you, to feel you near %by our old bond, poor fusilier
Subject(s): World War I


LEVELLER       
First Line: Near martinpuisch that night of hell
Last Line: His comrades of 'a' company %deeply regret his death :we shall all deeply miss so tru a pal'
Subject(s): World War I


LIMBO    Poem Text    
First Line: After a week spent under raining skies, / in horror, mud and sleeplessness a wee
Last Line: Draw the plough leisurely in quiet courses.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


LOLLOCKS       
First Line: By sloth on sorrow fathered
Last Line: And to pay every debt %so soon asw it's due


LORD-CHAMBERLAIN TELLS OF A FAMOUS MEETING       
First Line: Unknown to each other, in a hostile camp


LOST ACRES    Poem Text    
First Line: These acres, always again lost
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


LOST ACRES       
First Line: These acres, always again lost
Last Line: But of the substance of mere words: %to walk there would be loss of sense
Subject(s): Environment; Fields


LOST JEWEL       
First Line: Who on your breast pillows his head now
Last Line: For lust he will burn: %'turn to me, sweetheart! Who do you not turn?'
Subject(s): Love; Lust


LOST LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: His eyes are quickened so with grief
Last Line: Without relief seeking lost love.
Subject(s): Grief; Love; Mourning; Sorrow; Sadness; Bereavement


LOST WORLD       
First Line: Dear love, why should you weep
Last Line: With past felicities %that weep for this


LOVE AND BLACK MAGIC    Poem Text    
First Line: To the woods, to the woods is the wizard gone
Last Line: "hey and hither, my lad."
Subject(s): Magic


LOVE STORY       
First Line: The full moon easterly rising, furious
Last Line: Paid homage to them of unevent
Subject(s): Love


LOVE WITHOUT HOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Love without hope, as when the young bird-catcher
Subject(s): Love; Love - Unrequited


LOVE WITHOUT HOPE       
First Line: Love without hope, as when the young bird-catcher
Last Line: Singing about her head, as she rode by
Subject(s): Love; Love - Unrequited


LOVERS IN WINTER       
First Line: The posture of the tree
Last Line: And still with our branches green %ride our ill weather out


LOVING TRUE, FLYING BLIND       
First Line: How often have I said before
Last Line: With who alone endures your trust


MARIGOLDS    Poem Text    
First Line: With a fork drive nature out
Last Line: Love must ever yet return.
Subject(s): Flowers; Marigolds


MERMAID, DRAGON, FIEND       
First Line: In my childhood rumours ran %of a world beyond the door
Last Line: The dragon flaunts an unpierced hide, %the true fiend governs in god's name


MID-WINTER WAKING       
First Line: Stirring suddenly from long hibernation
Last Line: But found no winter anywhere to see


MIRROR       
First Line: Mirror mirror tell me
Last Line: Shouting through the town


MORNING PHOENIX       
First Line: In my body lives a flame


MOTHER, 1972       
First Line: More than once taking both roads one night
Last Line: To keep me safe a generation after your death


MR. PHILOSOPHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Old mr. Philosopher
Last Line: Says ben to claire.


MY NAME AND I       
First Line: The impartial law enrolled a name
Last Line: In words of men I cannot see, %than ever I for him
Subject(s): Graves, Robert Ranke (1895-1985)


NAKED AND THE NUDE       
First Line: For me, the naked and the nude
Last Line: By gorgons with long whips pursued, %how naked go the sometime nude!
Subject(s): Language; Nudity


NARROW SEA       
First Line: With you for mast and sail and flag
Subject(s): Sea


NATURE'S LINEAMENTS       
First Line: When mountain rocks and leafy trees
Last Line: Whose birds, raffish, %whose fish, fish
Subject(s): Nature


NEVER SUCH LOVE       
First Line: Twined together and, as is customary


NIGHT MARCH       
First Line: Evening: beneath tall poplar trees %we soldiers eat and smoke and sprawl
Last Line: And the dark thought in every mind %to-night they'll march us on again
Subject(s): World War I


NOBODY       
First Line: Nobody, ancient mischief, nobody
Last Line: The curse of his envy, of his grief and fright, %of sudden rape and murder screamed in the night


NOT AT HOME       
First Line: Her house loomed at the end of a berkshire lane
Last Line: Behind a curtain slit, and still in love


NOT DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking through trees to cool my heat and pain
Last Line: Breaks his slow smile.
Subject(s): Thomas, David; World War I; First World War


O LOVE IN ME       
First Line: O love, be fed with apples while you may
Last Line: Walk between dark and dark - a shining space %with the grave's narrowness, though not its peace
Variant Title(s): Sick Lov
Subject(s): Love


OCCASION       
First Line: The trenches are filled in, the houseless dead
Last Line: Impetuous gust of wind blew in with a shout, %fluttering your poems. And the lamp went out
Subject(s): World War I


OGRES AND PYGMIES       
First Line: Those famous men of old, the ogres
Subject(s): Pygmies


OGRES AND PYGMIES       
First Line: Those famous men of old, the ogres
Last Line: Reading between such covers he will likely %prove his own disproportion and not laugh
Subject(s): Pygmies


OLD WORLD DIALOGUE       
First Line: Is this,' she asked, 'what the lower orders call - ?'
Last Line: Take that!' she shouted, blind with rage


OLEASTER       
First Line: Each night for seven nights beyond the gulf
Subject(s): Travel


ON DWELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Courtesies of good morning and good evening
Subject(s): Country Life


ON DWELLING       
First Line: Courtesies of good morning and good evening
Last Line: Like trees they murmur or like blackbirds sing %courtesies of good-morning and good-evening
Subject(s): Country Life


ON FINDING MYSELF A SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: My bud was backward to unclose
Last Line: A heart more red than blood.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ON PORTENTS       
First Line: If strange things happen where she is


OUTLAWS       
First Line: Owls: they whinney down the night
Last Line: And ghosts of ghosts and last year's snow %and dead toadstools


OVER THE BRAZIER       
First Line: What life to lead an where to go %after the war, after the war?
Last Line: Mad war has now wrecked both, and what %better hopes has my little cottage got?
Subject(s): World War I


P'ENG THAT WAS A K'UN       
First Line: In northern seas there roams a fish called a k'un
Last Line: Though, indeed, neither started as a fish
Subject(s): Birds; Fishing And Fishermen; Monsters


PARENT TO CHILD       
First Line: When you grow up, are no more children
Last Line: Would you have had me cast fear out %so that you should not be?


PASSING OF THE FARMER       
First Line: What caused this breakdown, do I think?'


PATCHWORK BONNET       
First Line: Across the room my silent love I throw


PATCHWORK QUILT       
First Line: Here is this patchwork quilt I've made %of patterned silks and old brocade
Last Line: That never decked white sheets before, %blame my dazed head,blame bloody war
Subject(s): Quilts; World War I


PEACE       
First Line: When that glad day shall break to match
Last Line: Better we all had died at first, %better that killed before our prime %we rotted deep in earthy slim
Subject(s): World War I


PENNY FIDDLE       
First Line: Yesterday I bought a penny fiddle
Last Line: I shall laugh in the falling snow-flakes, %for what should a fiddler care.


PERSIAN VERSION       
First Line: Truth-loving persians do not dwell upon
Last Line: Despite a strong defence and adverse weather %all arms combined magnificently together
Subject(s): Marathon, Greece; Persian Wars


PLEA TO BOYS AND GIRLS       
First Line: You learned lear's 'nonsense rhynes' by heart, not rote
Last Line: All that I wrote in love, for love of art
Subject(s): Lear, Edward (1812-1888); Poetry And Poets; Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)


POETIC INJUSTICE       
First Line: A scottish fighting man whose wife %turned false and tempted his best friend
Last Line: While that false pain met a clean end %without remorse, how fares the scot?
Subject(s): World War I


POETRY OF WORLD WAR I' BY ROBERT GRAVES       
First Line: The war-poetry boom in world war I began with the death
Last Line: I'd timed my death in action to the minute...'which I quote in the first edition of my goodbye to %a
Subject(s): World War I


POETS       
First Line: Any honest housewife would sort them out
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


PORTRAIT       
First Line: She speaks always in her own voice
Last Line: As I those other women?


PRESENCE       
First Line: Why say death? For death's neither harsh nor kind


PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED 1915 - 1918       
First Line: Through the periscope %trench stinks of shallow buried dead
Last Line: The weary circle's broken %and a bullet tears through the tired brain
Subject(s): World War I


PUMPKIN       
First Line: You may not believe it, for hardly could I
Subject(s): Pumpkins; Supernatural


PURE DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: We looked, we loved, and therewith instantly
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


PURE DEATH       
First Line: We looked, we loved, and therewith instantly
Last Line: Unwraps pure death, which such bewilderment %as greeted our love's first accomplishment
Subject(s): Death


PYGMALION TO GALATEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Pygmalion spoke and sang to galatea
Last Line: "give me an equal kiss, as I kiss you."
Subject(s): Courtship; Galatea; Love; Pygmalion; Women


QUAYSIDE       
First Line: And glad to find, on again looking at it


READ ME, PLEASE!       
First Line: If, as well may happen
Last Line: And the name which you stumble on %is, alas, your own


RECALLING WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Entrance and exit wounds are silvered clean
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


RECALLING WAR       
First Line: Entrance and exit wounds are silvered clean
Last Line: When learnedly the future we devote %to yet more boastful visions of despair
Subject(s): World War I


REPROACH       
First Line: Your grieving moonlight face looks down


RETROSPECT: THE JESTS OF THE CLOCK       
First Line: He had met hours of the clock he never guessed before
Last Line: Ready once more to sweat with fear and brace for the shock, %to greet beneath a falling flare the je
Subject(s): World War I


RETURN       
First Line: Death, kindly eager to pretend


RHYME OF FRIENDS       
First Line: Listen now this time %shortly to my rhyme %that herewith starts
Last Line: Of paper to throw %in their mimic show %'la guerre aux tranchees %that was a pretty play
Subject(s): World War I


RICHARD ROE AND JOHN DOE       
First Line: Richard roe wished himself solomon
Subject(s): Wishes


ROCKY ACRES       
First Line: This is a wild land, country of my choice
Subject(s): Wilderness


SAIL AND OAR       
First Line: Womsn sails, man must row
Subject(s): Sea


SAINT       
First Line: This blatant beast was finally overcome
Last Line: Would fetch him fever-wort from the pool's brim - %and crept into his grave when he was dead


SAVAGE STORY OF CARDONETTE       
First Line: To cardonette, to cardonette
Last Line: He cut off their ears for souvenirs %at cardonette in the morning
Subject(s): World War I


SEA SIDE       
First Line: Into a gentle wildness and confusion
Last Line: Re-registration of the duple name


SECRECY       
First Line: Lovers are happy
Last Line: Are of our own mind


SERGEANT-MAJOR MONEY       
First Line: It wasn't our battalion, but we lay alongside it
Last Line: Or, least of all, blame money, an old stiff surviving %in a new (bloddy) army he couldn't understand
Subject(s): Soldiers; World War I


SHE IS NO LIAR, YET SHE WILL WASH AWAY       
Last Line: Such things no longer are; this is today.'


SIROCCO AT DEYA (FOR WILL PRICE)       
First Line: How most unnatural-seeming, yet how proper
Last Line: Mere local wind: no messenger of mine


SIX BADGERS       
First Line: As I was a-hoeing, a-hoeing my lands
Last Line: And all to inform me so common a thing!
Subject(s): Supernatural


SLICE OF WEDDING CAKE       
First Line: Why have such scores of lovely, gifted girls
Last Line: Do I? %it might be so


SMOKE-RINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Most learned and venerable sir
Last Line: Blows us ring-wise from his mouth.


SNAPPED THREAD       
First Line: Desire, first, by a natural miracle
Last Line: The thread of miracle snapped


SONG: LIFT-BOY       
First Line: Let me tell you the story of how I began
Last Line: So I cut the cords of the lift and down we went, %with nothing in our pockets


SORLEY'S WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: When outside the icy rain / comes leaping helter-skelter
Last Line: And the ghost of sorley.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


SOSPAN FACH (THE LITTLE SAUCEPAN)       
First Line: Four collier lads from ebbw vale %took shelter from a shower of hail
Last Line: With what relief I watch them part %another note would break my heart!
Subject(s): World War I


SPOILS       
First Line: When all is over and you march for home
Last Line: For fear they burn a hole through two-foot steel
Variant Title(s): The Spoils Of Lov
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; War


STAR-TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Are you awake, gemelli
Last Line: "and the pump has frozen to-night."
Subject(s): Stars


STARRED COVERLET       
First Line: A difficult achievement for true lovers
Last Line: Crown love with wreaths of myrtle


STRAW       
First Line: Peace, the wild valley streaked with torrents
Last Line: Have I undone her by my vehemence?


STRONG BEER    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you think
Last Line: "the grave as little as my beer."
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


SUICIDE IN THE COPSE       
First Line: The suicide, far from content
Last Line: A year-old sheet of sporting news, %a crumbled schoolboy essay


SULLEN MOODS       
First Line: Love, do not count your labour lost


SURVIVOR       
First Line: To die with a forlorn hope, but soon to be raised
Last Line: Whispering in the dark: 'for ever and ever?'


SURVIVOR COMES HOME       
First Line: Despair and doubt in the blood: %autumn, a smell rotten-sweet
Last Line: Safe home' safe? Twig and bough %drip, drip, drip with death
Subject(s): World War I


SYMPTOMS OF LOVE       
First Line: Love is a universal migraine
Last Line: Could you endure such pain %at any hand but hers?


THE ADVENTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: To-day I killed a tiger near my shack
Last Line: With clotted blood.
Subject(s): Animals; Tigers; World War I; First World War


THE ASSAULT HEROIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Down in the mud I lay
Last Line: "attack! Stand to! Stand to!"
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE BARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The bards falter in shame, their running verse
Last Line: To stir his black pots and to bed on straw.
Subject(s): Bards; Poetry & Poets


THE BLUE-FLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Five summer days, five summer nights
Subject(s): Epidemics; Flies


THE BOUGH OF NONSENSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Back from the somme two fusiliers
Last Line: A row of bright pink birds, flapping their wings.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE BOY OUT OF CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: As jesus and his followers
Last Line: Were never made for man.
Subject(s): Sabbath; Sunday


THE CATERPILLAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Under this loop of honeysuckle
Last Line: And eat, eat, eat -- as one ought to eat.
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


THE CLIMATE OF THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The climate of thought has seldom been described
Last Line: The moon, grand, not fanciful with clouds.


THE COOL WEB    Poem Text    
First Line: Children are dumb to say how hot the day is
Subject(s): Heat; Language; Words; Vocabulary


THE COTTAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in turn succeed and rule
Last Line: No! For death is waiting by.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE CRUEL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The cruel moon hangs out of reach
Last Line: Moons hang much too far away.
Subject(s): Moon


THE FINDING OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Before this generous time
Last Line: With love in steadfastness.


THE FINDING OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Before this generous time
Last Line: With love in steadfastness.


THE FIRST FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole field was so smelly; / we smelt the poor dog first
Last Line: And said: 'poor dog, amen!'
Subject(s): Animals; Corpses; Dogs; World War I; Cadavers; First World War


THE LADY VISITOR IN THE PAUPER WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Why do you break upon this old, cool peace
Last Line: Leave us alone.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE LAST POST    Poem Text    
First Line: The bugler sent a call of high romance
Last Line: "jolly young fusiliers too good to die."
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War


THE MORNING BEFORE THE BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: To-day, the fight: my end is very soon
Last Line: That dead men blossomed in the garden-close.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE NEXT WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: You young friskies who to-day / jump and fight in father's hay
Last Line: Playing at royal welch fusiliers.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE PERSIAN VERSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Truth-loving persians do not dwell upon
Subject(s): Marathon, Greece; Persian Wars


THE PIER-GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost manor where I walk continually
Last Line: True life, natural breath; not this phantasma.
Subject(s): Mirrors


THE POET IN THE NURSERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The youngest poet down the shelves was fumbling
Last Line: Wonderful words no one could understand.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE SHADOW OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here's an end to my art! / I must die and I know it
Last Line: I may father no longer!
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE SHIVERING BEGGAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Near clapham village, where fields began
Last Line: "tis the palsy makes me shiver so bad."


THE SPOILSPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: My familiar ghost again
Last Line: Listens, watches, takes no rest.


THE TRENCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Scratches in the dirt? / no, that sounds much too nice
Last Line: Squash! And he needs no twice.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


THE WHITE GODDESS    Poem Text    
First Line: All saints revile her, and all sober men
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Mythology


THESEUS AND ARIADNE       
First Line: High on his figured couch beyond the waves
Last Line: Playing the queen to nobler company
Subject(s): Ariadne; Mythology - Classical; Theseus


THIEVES       
First Line: Lovers in the act dispense
Last Line: In a single heart that grieves %for lost honour among thieves
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


THROUGH NIGHTMARE       
First Line: Never be disenchanted of %that place you sometimes dream yourself into
Last Line: Through nightmare to a lost and moated land, %who are timorous by nature


TIME       
First Line: The vague sea thuds against the marble cliffs
Last Line: Humouring age with filial flowers, %childhood with pebbles?
Subject(s): Time


TO AN UNGENTLE CRITIC    Poem Text    
First Line: The great sun sinks behind the town
Last Line: There are old-fashioned folk still like it.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism


TO BE IN LOVE       
First Line: To spring impetuously in air and remain
Last Line: And peacocks cry it, in default of speech


TO BRING THE DEAD TO LIFE       


TO CALLIOPE       
First Line: Permit me here a simple brief aside
Last Line: Yet must I, when far worse is eagerly bought, %cry stinking fish?
Subject(s): Calliope (goddess)


TO EVOKE PROSPERITY       
Last Line: Along the promenade?


TO JUAN AT THE WINTER SOLSTICE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is one story and one story only
Subject(s): Goddesses & Gods; Men; Mothers; Mythology; Sons; Sun


TO JUAN AT THE WINTER SOLSTICE       
First Line: There is one story and one story only
Last Line: But nothing promised that is not performed
Subject(s): Goddesses And Gods; Men; Mothers; Mythology; Sons; Sun


TO LUCASTA ON GOING TO THE WARS FOR THE FOURTH TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: It doesn't matter what's the cause
Last Line: And his pride keeps him here.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


TO ROBERT NICHOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here by a snowbound river
Last Line: And singing birds are mute.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


TO SLEEP       
First Line: The mind's eye sees as the heart mirrors
Last Line: And all self-bruising heads loll into sleep


TO WALK ON HILLS IS TO EMPLOY LEGS       
Subject(s): Mountains


TO WHOM ELSE?       


TOM TAYLOR       
First Line: On pay-day nights, neck-full with beer
Last Line: While tome, five fingers to his nose, %skips off....And the last bugle blows
Subject(s): World War I


TRENCH LIFE       
First Line: Fear never dies, much as we laugh at fear
Last Line: Blossoms from mud, and under the rain's whips, %flagellant-like we writhe with laughing lips
Subject(s): World War I


TROLL'S NOSEGAY       
First Line: A simple nosegay! Was that much to ask
Last Line: Even yet, perhaps, a trifle piqued - who knows?


TWA CORBIES       
First Line: As I was walking all alone
Last Line: The wind sall blaw for evermair


TWIN SOULS       
First Line: The hermit on his pillar top


TWINS       
First Line: Siamese twins: one, maddened by
Last Line: Resolved at length to misbehave %and drink them both into the grave
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Twins


TWO FUSILIERS    Poem Text    
First Line: And have we done with war at last? / well, we've been lucky devils both
Last Line: In dead men breath.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ULYSSES    Poem Text    
First Line: To the much-tossed ulysses, never done
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Ulysses; Odysseus


ULYSSES       
First Line: To the much-tossed ulysses, never done
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Ulysses


VAIN AND CARELESS       
First Line: Lady, lovely lady
Last Line: Nor vain with careless heart


VANITY       
First Line: Be assured, the dragon is not dead
Last Line: The gardens of the mind fall waste, %that fountains of the heart run dry


WARNING TO CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Children, if you dare to think
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


WARNING TO CHILDREN       
First Line: Children, if you dare to think
Last Line: Precious world in which he says %he lives - he then unties the string
Subject(s): Children


WEATHER OF OLUMPUS       
First Line: Zdeus was once overheard to shout at hera
Last Line: By noting that the snake-tailed chthonian winds %were answerable to fate alone, not zeus


WELCOME, TO THE CAVES OF ARTA       
First Line: Such subtile filigranity and nobless of construccion
Last Line: It is some poor touristers, in the depth of obscure cristal,%wich deceased of their emocion on a pas
Subject(s): Caves; Mallorca; Tourists


WELSH INCIDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: But that was nothing to what things came out
Subject(s): Supernatural; Wales; Welshmen; Welshwomen


WELSH INCIDENT       
First Line: But that was nothing to what things came out
Last Line: I was coming to that
Subject(s): Supernatural; Wales


WHEN I'M KILLED    Poem Text    
First Line: When I'm killed, don't think of me
Last Line: Your playfellow from the grave.
Subject(s): Death; World War I; Dead, The; First World War


WHITE GODDESS       
First Line: All saints revile her, and all sober men
Last Line: Heedless of where the next bright bolt may fall
Subject(s): Goddesses And Gods; Mythology


WHOLE LOVE       
First Line: Every choice is always the wrong choice
Last Line: Neither was born by hazard: each foreknew %the extreme possession we are grown into
Subject(s): Love - Marital


WIGS AND BEARDS       
First Line: In the bad old days a bewigged squire
Last Line: Their ancestors called themselves gentlemen %as they, in the same sense, call themselves artists


WINDOW SILL       
First Line: Presage and caveat not only seem
Last Line: A white and cankered rose
Subject(s): Love


WM. BRAIZER       
First Line: At the end of tarriers' lane, which was the street
Last Line: It's an old story - f's for s's - %but good enough for them,the suckers


WOMAN AND TREE       
First Line: To love one woman, or to sit
Last Line: Or a sole woman's fatefulness


WORMS OF HISTORY       
First Line: On the eighth day god died: his bearded mouth
Last Line: The ages of a putrefying corpse


WRETCH       
First Line: Like a lizard in the sun, though not scuttling
Variant Title(s): The Laureat