James Stephens Poems
- In The Poppy Field Mad Patsy said, he said to me, That every...
- Hate My enemy came nigh, And I Stared fiercely in his ...
- The Ancient Elf I am the maker, The builder, the ...
- I Heard A Bird At Dawn I heard a bird at dawn Singing ...
- The Snare I hear a sudden cry of pain! There is a rabbit in ...
- The Lonely God So Eden was deserted, and at eve Into the ...
- The Spring In Ireland: 1916 I Do not forget my charge I ...
James Stephens was an Irish novelist and poet.
James Stephens produced many retellings of Irish myths and fairy tales. His retellings are marked by a rare combination of humor and lyricism (Deirdre, and Irish Fairy Tales are often especially praise). He also wrote several original novels (Crock of Gold, Etched in Moonlight, Demi-Gods) based loosely on Irish fairy tales. "Crock of Gold," in particular, achieved enduring popularity and was reprinted frequently throughout the author's lifetime.
Stephens began his career as a poet with the tutelage of "Æ" (George William Russell). His first book of poems, "Insurrections," was published during ... more »
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In The Poppy Field
Mad Patsy said, he said to me,
That every morning he could see
An angel walking on the sky;
Across the sunny skies of morn
He threw great handfuls far and nigh
Of poppy seed among the corn;
And then, he said, the angels run
To see the poppies in the sun.
A poppy is a devil weed,
I said to him - he disagreed;
He said the devil had no hand
In spreading flowers tall and fair
Through corn and rye and meadow land,
by garth and barrow everywhere:
The devil has not any flower,
But only money in his power.
And then he stretched out in the ...