Category Archives: Poetry

Gather ye Rose-buds While ye May by Robert Herrick

I see the Latin phrase for seize the day commonly used to interpert this poem. I’d prefer something less aggressive. Perhaps contemplate or think upon the day. The poem’s mood is relaxed and thoughtful about time, not a call to … Continue reading

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From Tomorrow On

Written by an unknown child in a Nazi death camp and translated from the Yiddish by Joseph Leftwich. From Tomorrow On From tomorrow on I shall be sad, From tomorrow on. Not today. Today I will be glad. And every … Continue reading

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The Years by Sara Teasdale

More fine poetry from Teasdale. Another poem of hers is here. (internal link) In my youth, time seemed to begin anew when meeting someone new. The Years by Sara Teasdale (1884 – 1933) Read by Ghizela Rowe The Years To-night … Continue reading

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My Lady by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz

My Lady by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz (1648 – 1695) The steeple bells of passion and love in poetry chime and peal uninterrupted through the centuries. This reading is by the best … Continue reading

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You, Darkness by Rainer Maria Rilke

A poem from the Book of Hours. Read by Ghizela Rowe. Translator unknown. I’m a big fan of Rilke and I have numerous posts on him at this site. This is just one (internal link). Given the often wide variations … Continue reading

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Danny Deever by Rudyard Kipling

The immortal Rudyard Kipling. (one of many internal links) A favorite poem. Masterful use of call and response. Danny Deever By Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) ‘What are the bugles blowin’ for?’ said Files-on-Parade. ‘To turn you out, to turn … Continue reading

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Night is On the Downland by John Masefield

John Masefield is best know for his memorable lines in Sea Fever: “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer … Continue reading

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Spenser’s Ireland by Marianne Moore

Fantastic wordplay inspired in part by a National Geographic article? “[L]ike enchanted Earl Gerald who changed himself into a stag, to a great green-eyed cat of the mountain.” Much controversy and discussion surrounds this poem, as with much of modern poetry. Here’s one … Continue reading

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La Marseillaise Sung by Mireille Mathieu (with English subtitles)

I’ve never understood La Marseillaise until now. An anthem so stirring it could churn butter. As all translations differ, the version below differs from what is on the video. La Marseillaise – English lyrics From http://www.marseillaise.org/english/english.html Arise children of the … Continue reading

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You Kissed Me by Josephine Slocum Hunt

You Kissed Me Josephine Slocum Hunt (? -?) Has that magic moment ever been better described? I can’t immediately find any information on Hunt. Can you help? Leave a comment or email: thomasfarley@fastmail.com Brought alive by the reading of Ghizela … Continue reading

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