February 14, 2017

Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1380)

Lines 1 – 28 (of 700)

December 12, 2016

Ezra Pound
The Cantos
Notes for CXVII et seq.

For the blue flash and the moments
the young for the old
        That is tragedy
And for one beautiful day there was peace.
    Brancusi’s bird
        In the hollow of pine trunks
or when the snow was like sea foam
    Twilit sky leaded with elm boughs.
Under the Rupe Tarpeia
    weep out your jealousies –
To make a church
    or an altar to Zagreus [Zaygeus]...

December 12, 2016


By Louis MacNeice


The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was

Spawning snow and pink roses against it

Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:

World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,

Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion

A tangerine and spit the pips and feel

The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world

Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes— 

On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one's hands—

There is more than glass between th...

June 10, 2016

Ode on a Grecian Urn

John Keats
(May 1819)

THOU still unravish’d bride of quietness,
  Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
  A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape    5
  Of deities or mortals, or of both
    In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
  What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
    What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?        10...

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