Tuesday 10/05/2010 06:07 pm
Poems for discussion in class @ Poems for class work   by zelma


 Poem No 1

 Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)


From Amoretti

Sonnet XXX




1 My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
2 How comes it then that this her cold so great
3 Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
4 But harder grows the more I her entreat?
5 Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
6 Is not allayed by her heart-frozen cold,
7 But that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
8 And feel my flames augmented manifold?
9  What more miraculous thing may be told,
10 That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice,
11 And ice, which is congeal'd with senseless cold,
12 Should kindle fire by wonderful device?
13  Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
14 That it can alter all the course of kind.

Poem No 2

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Composed upon Westminster Bridge,

 September 3, 1802


1 Earth has not anything to show more fair:

2 Dull would he be of soul who could pass by

3 A sight so touching in its majesty:

4 This City now doth, like a garment, wear

5 The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,

6 Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie

7 Open unto the fields, and to the sky;

8 All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

9 Never did sun more beautifully steep

10 In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;

11 Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

12 The river glideth at his own sweet will:

13 Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;

14 And all that mighty heart is lying still!


 Poem No 3

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Meeting at Night


1  The grey sea and the long black land;

2  And the yellow half-moon large and low;

3 And the startled little waves that leap

4  In fiery ringlets from their sleep,

5 As I gain the cove with pushing prow,

6  And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.


7 Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;

8  Three fields to cross till a farm appears;

9 A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch

10 And blue spurt of a lighted match,

11 And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,

12 Than the two hearts beating each to each!


Poem No 4


Parting at Morning



1 Round the cape of a sudden came the sea,

2  And the sun looked over the mountain's rim:

3 And straight was a path of gold for him,

4 And the need of a world of men for me.



 Poem No 5

Edwin Morgan

Spacepoem 3: Off Course

the golden flood     the weightless seat   
the cabin song     the pitch black
the growing beard     the floating crumb
the shining rendezvous     the orbit wisecrack
the hot spacesuit the    smuggled mouth-organ
    the imaginary somersault     the visionary sunrise
    the turning continents     the space debris
    the golden lifeline    the space walk
    the crawling deltas     the camera moon
    the pitch velvet     the rough sleep
    the crackling headphone    the space silence
    the turning earth    the lifeline continents
    the cabin sunrise    the hot flood
    the shining spacesuit    the growing moon
       the crackling somersault    the smuggled orbit
       the rough moon the    visionary rendezvous
       the weightless headphone    the cabin debris
       the floating lifeline    the pitch sleep
       the crawling camera    the turning silence
       the space crumb    the crackling beard
       the orbit mouth-organ    the floating song


 Poem No 6

e. e. cummings

sweet spring is

“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”

(all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming)

lovers go and lovers come
awandering awondering
but any two are perfectly
alone there's nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a sun
I never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves
each herself by opening
but shining who by thousands mean
only one amazing thing

(secretly adoring shyly
tiny winging darting floating
merry in the blossoming
always joyful selves are singing)

“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”




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