Poetry: Coleridge – On Donne’s Poetry

With Donne, whose muse on dromedary trots,Wreathe iron pokers into true-love knots;Rhyme's sturdy cripple, fancy's maze and clue,Wit's forge and fire-blast, meaning's press and screw. Here we find two brilliant poets wrapped into one poem. This poem is both highly amusing to me and quite intriguing. The more I look at, the more I love …

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Poetry: Milton – On Shakespeare

What needs my Shakespeare for his honoured bones,The labor of an age in pilèd stones,Or that his hallowed relics should be hidUnder a star-ypointing pyramid?Dear son of Memory, great heir of fame,What need’st thou such weak witness of thy name?Thou in our wonder and astonishmentHast built thyself a live-long monument.For whilst to th’ shame of …

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Poetry: Keble – Good Friday

"Wash me, and dry these bitter tears,       O let my heart no further roam,    ’Tis Thine by vows, and hopes, and fears.       Long since—O call Thy wanderer home; To that dear home, safe in Thy wounded side, Where only broken hearts their sin and shame may hide."

Poetry: Keble – Ash Wednesday

“Yes—deep within and deeper yet   The rankling shaft of conscience hide,Quick let the swelling eye forget   The tears that in the heart abide.Calm be the voice, the aspect bold,   No shuddering pass o’er lip or brow,For why should Innocence be told   The pangs that guilty spirits bow? “The loving eye that watches thine   Close as …

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Poetry: Stevenson – Block City

Yet as I saw it, I see it again, The kirk and the palace, the ships and the men, And as long as I live and where'er I may be, I'll always remember my town by the sea.