Matthew Arnold

(1822-1888 / Middlesex / England)

Austerity Of Poetry


That son of Italy who tried to blow,
Ere Dante came, the trump of sacred song,
In his light youth amid a festal throng
Sate with his bride to see a public show.

Fair was the bride, and on her front did glow
Youth like a star; and what to youth belong--
Gay raiment, sparkling gauds, elation strong.
A prop gave way! crash fell a platform! lo,

'Mid struggling sufferers, hurt to death, she lay!
Shuddering, they drew her garments off--and found
A robe of sackcloth next the smooth, white skin.

Such, poets, is your bride, the Muse! young, gay,
Radiant, adorn'd outside; a hidden ground
Of thought and of austerity within.

Submitted: Friday, April 02, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Austerity Of Poetry by Matthew Arnold )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. "Hope" is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. The Main Ingredient, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  2. Missing From Action, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  3. 12 Poems (English) from the Poetry Hat, sheena blackhall
  4. Owl & Handbag, sheena blackhall
  5. Lighthouse, sheena blackhall
  6. Human Touch, Mark R Slaughter
  7. Fishing Village, sheena blackhall
  8. Skull, Mark R Slaughter
  9. La Plonge, sheena blackhall
  10. On Waking, Rodrigo Diaz
[Hata Bildir]