Daily Archives: August 9, 2006


You, that decipher out the Fate Of humane Off-springs from the Skies, What mean these Infants which of late Spring from the Starrs of Chlora‘s Eyes? Her Eyes confus’d and doubled ore, With Tears suspended ere the flow; Seem bending … Continue reading

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My Garden – like the Beach

My Garden – like the Beach – Denotes there be – a Sea – That’s Summer – Such as These – the Pearls She fetches – such as Me Emily Dickinson, ‘My Garden – like the Beach’ (c.1862)

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Of Commerce and Society

Rivers bring down. The sea Brings away; Voids, sucks back, its pearls and auguries. Eagles or vultures churn the fresh made skies. Geoffrey Hill, ‘Of Commerce and Society’ (1959), extract. The lines come from section III of the poem, entitled … Continue reading

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The Maid of Buttermere

As he drove down to Buttermere, he saw the valley covered, the lake covered, the village itself covered with a quilted pearl mist. He went into it like one entering a magic realm. Melvyn Bragg, The Maid of Buttermere (1987), … Continue reading

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Each and All

The delicate shells lay on the shore; The bubbles of the latest wave Fresh pearls to their enamel gave, And the bellowing of the savage sea Greeted their safe escape to me. I wiped away the weeds and foam, I fetched … Continue reading

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