1. Edna St Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
And you did so profane me when you crept
Unto the threshold of this room to-night
That I must never more behold your face.
This now is yours. I seek another place.
2. Philip Larkin (1922-1985)
Books; china; a life
(From ‘Poetry of Departures’)
3. Christina Rossetti (1830-1892)
Once in a dream (for once I dreamed of you)
We stood together in an open field;
Above our heads two swift-winged pigeons wheeled,
Sporting at ease and courting full in view.
When loftier still a broadening darkness flew,
Down-swooping, and a ravenous hawk revealed;
Too weak to fight, too fond to fly, they yield;
So farewell life and love and pleasures new.
Then as their plumes fell fluttering to the ground,
Their snow-white plumage flecked with crimson drops,
I wept, and thought I turned towards you to weep:
But you were gone; while rustling hedgerow tops
Bent in a wind which bore to me a sound
Of far-off piteous bleat of lambs and sheep.
4. H.D. (1886-1961)
I first tasted under Apollo’s lips,
love and love sweetness,
my hair is made of crisp violets
or hyacinth which the wind combs back
across some rock shelf;
was made of the god of light.
5. Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Don’t discount our powers;
We have made a pass
At the infinite.
(From ‘Kitty Hawk’)