Poetry

In honor of the fallen

Roman Catholic poet shares wit of G.K. Chesterton and Hillaire Belloc

Ed. Note: November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. The San Diego Reader will devote this month’s poetry columns to the poets who wrote about their experiences of that war. ...

Words of warfare from the trenches

Wilfred Owen was influenced in large part by his friend and fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon

Ed. Note: November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. The San Diego Reader will devote this month’s poetry columns to the poets who wrote about their experiences of that war. ...

Suicide in the trenches

English poet and decorated officer ponders war

Ed. Note: November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I. The San Diego Reader will devote this month’s poetry columns to the poets who wrote about their experiences of that war. ...

The Irish Robert Burns

Hector Berlioz, Charles Ives, and Benjamin Britten have adapted his work

A poem for Halloween A Ballad: The Lake of the Dismal Swamp Written at Norfolk, in Virginia “They made her a grave, too cold and damp For a soul so warm and true; And she’s ...

Richard Crashaw: one of the major metaphysical poets

Divine love as espoused by the Catholic mystic St. Teresa of Avila

An Epitaph Upon Husband and Wife To these whom death again did wed This grave’s the second marriage-bed. For though the hand of Fate could force ‘Twixt soul and body a divorce, It could not ...

John Skelton: English poet and tutor of King Henry VIII

His verse demonstrates an expert use of rhymes seemingly pushed through excessive repetition to their English limits

Go, Piteous Heart Go, pytyous hart, rasyd with dedly wo, Persyd with payn, bleding with wondes smart, Bewayle thy fortune, with vaynys wan and blo. O Fortune vnfrendly, Fortune vnkynde thow art, To be so ...

Dylan Thomas' “Especially When The October Wind”

A poem for October

Especially when the October wind With frosty fingers punishes my hair, Caught by the crabbing sun I walk on fire And cast a shadow crab upon the land, By the sea’s side, hearing the noise ...

Pine sticks are rifles and pinecones are grenades

Everything else is dynamite

Pine sticks are rifles and pinecones are grenades

Christina Rossetti: prolific literary family progeny

The trees bow down their heads

Christina Rossetti: prolific literary family progeny

Where the decades sped

Three poems from Beowulf translator Timothy Murphy

Where the decades sped

Feisty like Anne of Green Gables

September, I Feel (Verse Libre), In the Days of the Goldenrod

Feisty like Anne of Green Gables

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