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Dover Beach: Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm to-night. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; — on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. … Continue reading

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What Is This Quintessence Of Dust?

I have of late — but wherefore I know not — lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this … Continue reading

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Dirge Without Music: Edna St Vincent Millay

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground. So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind: Into the darkness they go, the wise and … Continue reading

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Bête Noire: Keith Douglas

If at times my eyes are lenses through which the brain explores constellations of feeling my ears yielding like swinging doors admit princes to the corridors into the mind, do not envy me. I have a beast on my back. … Continue reading

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He Never Expected Much: Thomas Hardy

Well, World, you have kept faith with me, Kept faith with me; Upon the whole you have proved to be Much as you said you were. Since as a child I used to lie Upon the leaze and watch the … Continue reading

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Unhappiness: Thomas Carlyle

Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an infinite in him, which with all his cunning, he cannot quite bury under the Finite. Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881 The image is a portrait of Carlyle … Continue reading

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When I Was One-and-Twenty: A. E. Housman

When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, “Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free.” But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to … Continue reading

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Bagpipe Music: Louis MacNeice

It’s no go the merry-go-round, it’s no go the rickshaw, All we want is a limousine and a ticket for the peepshow. Their knickers are made of crêpe-de-chine, their shoes are made of python, Their halls are lined with tiger … Continue reading

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A Cry For Help: Clive James

Without exactly telling them that I felt like a man swimming towards a raft in a sea of circling fins, I constructed a cry for help masterfully disguised as a manifesto. Clive James 1939- The Drowning Swimmer (1992) The image … Continue reading

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Begone, Dull Care!

Begone, dull care! I prithee, begone from me Begone, dull care! You and I shall never agree Long time hast thou been tarrying here And fain thou wouldst me kill But in faith, dull care Thou never shall have thy … Continue reading

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