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(28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889 / Stratford, Essex)

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Heaven-Haven

I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail,
And a few lilies blow.

And I have asked to be
Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
And out of the swing of the sea.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (4/2/2014 4:05:00 AM)

    He is one of the great immortals, thats a given. But sometimes even the lordliest and grandest poet / writer can be at a loss for something to write. By nature we HAVE to write, so he doodles, scribbles and fiddles about searching for inspiration. We are all human and we've all done it. So, to be brutally honest, in this instant he has scrawled lines of bad grammar, with no lilt or assonance and the basic cliches of imagination. He would probably wish that he'd scrapped it if he were here today. I would have preferred it if he'd let it find it's own way to the litter bin.

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  • Yogiraj Biplab (4/1/2014 10:41:00 PM)

    Wow! what an imaginative world
    Created by you.
    Please don't go alone
    Let me take with along.

  • Ramesh Rai (4/1/2014 9:35:00 PM)

    Beautiful simple with full of bliss.

  • Michelle Claus (4/1/2014 3:08:00 PM)

    I can relate from time to time to the poet's earnest longing. Evocative. Sparse. A little odd, somewhat memorable.

  • Babatunde Aremu (4/1/2014 8:41:00 AM)

    This is simply fantastic! I like it

  • Alexandra Frausto (4/1/2012 9:30:00 PM)

    i like it..it's very nice.

  • D.l. Aceves (4/1/2012 11:23:00 AM)

    Woah, that April 1 thing is weird.

  • Happiness Is Here (4/1/2011 10:37:00 PM)

    It's kind of funny that this poem always seems to be posted on the first of April every year based on the dates of the comments.

  • Happiness Is Here (4/1/2011 10:35:00 PM)

    My first impression of this poem is that I didn't care much for it. I didn't like the rhythm very much, the tone was much too somber.

    But after reading it a few times, I feel that it MIGHT grow on me. It has decent imagery and the words emit a humility of some sort. It reminds me of those days where it is gray outside with the smell of rain on the way, but the grasses are bright. Ever line of this poem gives me this mental image, it is slightly haunting.

  • Smoky Hoss (4/1/2011 2:06:00 PM)

    But, if he ever were to write something 'new' I bet it'd be extremely metaphorical, considering his present state and all! ! !

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