Tag Archives: Poems

“Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

If life wasn’t built on lies there might not be much of a world at all. “Life must go on; I forget just why.” Millay. More of her here (internal link) By Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) Time … Continue reading

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An Appeal to Cats in the Business of Love by Thomas Flatman

Flatman was a lawyer, poet, and painter. He excelled at creating miniature paintings, or simply miniatures, which is a thing. Grimilkain in this poem means an old female cat. The poet admires a cat’s nature to love and leave. Society … Continue reading

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“How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!” by Edward Lear

Edward Lear wrote nonsense poetry before Lewis Carrol (internal link) was born. Carrol, and perhaps the entirety of the literate English people, tremendously enjoyed Lear’s writing and drawings in newspapers and otherwise. By otherwise I mean he was a professional … Continue reading

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The Journey of the Magi by T.S. Eliot

Yes, I should have posted this before Christmas but Eliot’s poetry (internal link) transcends time. Eliot’s poem borrows, updates, and is inspired by the writings of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) and W.B. Yeats (internal link). Here, an old ruler recounts … Continue reading

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My Life Had Stood – a Loaded Gun by Emily Dickinson

Who thinks a dog a loaded gun? Emily Dickinson did. (internal link) Dickinson was an extremely modest person who had nothing to be modest about. Attributing or imagining that animals have human characteristics or feelings has been with us since … Continue reading

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To A Poet a Thousand Years Hence by James Elroy Flecker

Another poet grasping for immortality and advising other poets on same. Just like Shakespeare did centuries before with “Not Marble Nor the Gilded Monuments” (internal link) Well, this poem has lasted a hundred years. My writing won’t. Flecker wins! Maeonides, … Continue reading

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Nearer, My God, To Thee

Nearer, My God, To Thee Ghizela Rowe reads this traditionally sung work in her hypnotically charged voice: Nearer, My God, to Thee Sarah F. Adams (1805–1848) Nearer to thee! E’en though it be a cross That raiseth me. Still all … Continue reading

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The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot Mistah Kurtz—he dead. A penny for the Old Guy I We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together … Continue reading

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More on Ranier Maria Rilke

“God is man’s greatest idea.” Camille Paglia Rilke is a favorite poet of mine and I’ve quoted Poems From The Book of Hours before (internal link). His mysterious writing lends itself to many interpretations, however, a chief translator of his, Babette Deutsch, … Continue reading

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