English poems

Emily Dickinson – I hide myself within my flower


F80 (1859)
I hide myself – within my flower,
That fading from your Vase -
You – unsuspecting – feel for me -
Almost – a loneliness -


Second version

I hide myself within my flower
That wearing on your breast -
You – unsuspecting, wear me too - ...

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning – XIX


The soul’s Rialto hath its merchandise;
I barter curl for curl upon that mart,
And from my poet’s forehead to my heart
Receive this lock which outweighs argosies,
As purply black, as erst to Pindar’s eyes
The dim purpureal tresses gloomed athwart
The nine white Muse-brows. For this counterpart,…
The ...

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Saint Francis of Assisi – Canticle of the Sun


Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.

To You, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who ...

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Wystan Hugh Auden – Refugee blues

Autore: Wystan Hugh Auden -

Say this city has ten million souls,
Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us.

Once we had a country and we thought it fair,
Look in the atlas and you’ll find it there: ...

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Charles Bukowski – before Aids

Autore: Charles Bukowski -

I’m glad I got to them
all, I’m glad I got so many of them

I flipped them
poked them
gored them.

so many high-heeled shoes
under my bed
it looked like a January
Clearance Sale.

the cheap hotel rooms,
the drunken fights,
the phones ringing,
the walls banging ...

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Fernando Pessoa – The king of gaps


There lived, I know not when, never perhaps –
But the fact is he lived – an unknown king
Whose kingdom was the strange Kingdom of Gaps.
He was lord of what is twixt thing and thing,
Of interbeings, of that part of us
That lies between our waking and ...

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