The Complete Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
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Publish Year note: First published in 1999
Graves described poetry as his ruling passion, and for him love was 'the main theme and origin of true poems'. He created a rich mythology where love, fear, fantasy and the supernatural play an essential role. Intimate yet universal, passionate yet precise, their brilliant alchemy of realism and magic made Graves's poems some of the finest of the last century. In this edition the poems appear without critical apparatus or commentary.
The volume represents in its purest form the achievement of Graves's seventy productive years.
all songs on earth, And by which men are brave And women contrite – This jewel bandied from a cliff By gulls and razor-bills and such! Where is man’s vindication if Perfectibility’s as much Bird-right as man-right? MAGICAL POEMS THE ALLANSFORD PURSUIT [As danced by North-country witches at their Sabbaths. A restoration of the fragmentary seventeenth-century text.] Cunning and art he did not lack But aye her whistle would fetch him back. O, I shall go into a hare With sorrow and
Until she cloaked herself in deathward pride And ruin courted by equivocation – Did he not swear then, she had always lied? Scholars, the truth was larger than herself. The truth it was she had told Socrates (Though peevish in her immortality And starving for what meats the God forbade) Until her vision clouded, her voice altered, And two lives must have ended, had he stayed. THE HEARTH The cat purrs out because it must, So does the cricket call; The crackling fire in which they trust
Paradise! THE SIBYL Her hand falls helpless: thought amazements fly Far overhead, they leave no record mark – Wild swans urged whistling across dazzled sky, Or Gabriel hounds* in chorus through the dark Yet when she prophesies, each spirit swan, Each spectral hound from memory’s windy zones, Flies back to inspire one limb-strewn skeleton Of thousands in her valley of dry bones. There as those life-restored battalions shout, Succession flags and Time goes maimed in flight: From each
Dancing Green The Personal Touch Song: The Ring and Chain The Oxford English School The Stepmother and the Princess Cynics and Romantics Records for Wonder Old Lob-Lie-by-the-Fire Misgivings, on Reading a Popular ‘Outline of Science’ The Toads A History Four Children The Bargain In the Beginning Was a Word The Bait An Independent [The Untidy Man] 1934–1939 Midsummer Duet Majorcan Letter, 1935 Assumption Day The Moon Ends in Nightmare 1952–1959 The Housing Project Advice to
trouble About such talk one year’s end to the next, But one day argument began; she started On Christian meekness, the low slavish virtue ‘Tapeinophrosune’, obsequiousness, Which I called nonsense. ‘Nonsense?’ (with wide eyes) ‘Or call it poetry. Christ was never meek. Let meekness crawl below in catacombs, Pride drives the money-changers with a scourge, Keeps silence to accusers, chooses death When an escape is more acceptable To justice than embarrassment of killing I’m talking