Ivor Gurney Poems on Man (24 Poems)

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    Thoughts of New England (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    Gloucester streets walking in Autumn twilight,Past Kineburgh’s cottage and old Raven Tavern,That Hoare he kept, the Puritan, who tiredOr fired, and took a passage in the ‘Mayflower’,Gloucester streets walking in frost-clear hour –Of ‘Captains Courageous’ as a boy read, thinking,And … Continue reading

    Tobacco (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    When tobacco came, When Raleigh did first bring inThe unfabled herb, the plant of peace, the kingOf comfort bringers, then indeed new hopeCame to the host of poets — with new scopeNew range of power, since henceforth one might sitMidnight-on … Continue reading

    Laventie (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    One would remember stillMeadows and low hillLaventie was, as to the line and elm rowGrowing through green strength wounded, as home elms grow.Shimmer of summer there and blue autumn mistsSeen from trench-ditch winding in mazy twists.The Australian gunners in close … Continue reading

    Kilns (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    Severn has kilns set all along her banksWhere the thin reeds grow and rushes in ranks;And the carts tip rubbish there from the town;It thunders and raises white smoke and goes down.I think some of those kilns are very old,An … Continue reading

    A Wish (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    I would hope for the children of West HamWooden-frame houses, square with some-sort stuffCrammed in to keep the wind away that’s rough,And rain, in summer cool, in cold comfortable enough.Easily destroyed – and pretty enough, and yet toughInstead of brick … Continue reading

    Western Sky-Look (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    When clouds shake out their sailsBefore delighted gales,I think the sailor-men at sea,Hearing the engine throbbing freeCurse their today’s fate that they mustDefeat Magellan with black dust,Scrape deck plates till the nerves are worn —;Whose fathers froze in desperate weatherSail-handling … Continue reading

    To God (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    Why have you made life so intolerableAnd set me between four walls, where I am ableNot to escape meals without prayer, for that is possibleOnly by annoying an attendant. And tonight a sensualHell has been put on me, so that … Continue reading

    Encounters (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    One comes across the strangest things in walks,Fragment of Abbey tithe barns fixed in modern,With Dutch-sort houses, where the water baulksWeired up, and brick-kilns broken among fern.Old troughs, great stone cisterns bishops might have blessedAnd baptized from, most worthy mounting … Continue reading

    Of Cruelty (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    From the racked substance of the earth comes the plant andThat with heat and the night frost is tortured:To some perfection that grows, man’s thoughts wills his hand –Roots rent, crown broken, grub holed, it is drawn upward. A hundred … Continue reading

    Beauty (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    I cannot live with Beauty out of mind.I search for her and desire her all the day;Beauty, the choicest treasure you may find,Most joyous and sweetest word his lips can say.The crowded heart in me is quick with visionsAnd sweetest … Continue reading

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