Wilfred Owen

(1893-1918 / Shropshire / England)

I Know The Music

All sounds have been as music to my listening:
Pacific lamentations of slow bells,
The crunch of boots on blue snow rosy-glistening,
Shuffle of autumn leaves; and all farewells:

Bugles that sadden all the evening air,
And country bells clamouring their last appeals
Before [the] music of the evening prayer;
Bridges, sonorous under carriage wheels.

Gurgle of sluicing surge through hollow rocks,
The gluttonous lapping of the waves on weeds,
Whisper of grass; the myriad-tinkling flocks,
The warbling drawl of flutes and shepherds' reeds.

The orchestral noises of October nights
Blowing ( ) symphonetic storms
Of startled clarions ( )
Drums, rumbling and rolling thunderous and ( ).

Thrilling of throstles in the keen blue dawn,
Bees fumbling and fuming over sainfoin-fields.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Friday, July 29, 2011

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  • Rookie - 220 Points Crystal Rosser (7/26/2014 9:31:00 PM)

    He knows the music sung by nature. Stop and smell the roses and listen to their music as well... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 685 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (7/26/2014 7:04:00 PM)

    Lovely poem. Could hear the music of the slow bells, the shuffle of autumn leaves etc (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (6/19/2014 5:12:00 AM)

    What a well written poem Mr Pound (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (7/26/2012 6:34:00 PM)

    Anyone who thinks this is a good poem knows nothing about poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (7/26/2012 2:35:00 PM)

    The sounds of life harmonize for the willing listener. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Surhdique Adeogun (7/26/2012 7:21:00 AM)

    a transcedent poetic piece, carefully thought out.totally like the simple diction and the endrhyme (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 Points Ian Fraser (7/26/2011 7:07:00 PM)

    An interesting fragment. Owen used a number of the ideas, most notably the bells, in his more famous Anthem for Doomed Youth (qv) . I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong but I think this might be an early piece written before his war experiences, at any rate the contrast in style is stark and most revealing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 26 Points Joseph Poewhit (7/26/2010 4:20:00 AM)

    Words project a heighten sense of reality, in a melodious musical word formation of feelings. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 572 Points Ramesh T A (7/26/2010 2:29:00 AM)

    Music of Nature is wonderfully observed and expressed in this nice poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (7/26/2009 6:21:00 AM)

    This is not Owen at his best. It reads like a first draft. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gloria J Comingore (7/26/2007 4:49:00 PM)

    Very nice has a great flow. Nice job.
    Gloria J Comingore (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Philippa Lane (7/26/2005 6:13:00 AM)

    This is a most beautiful poem. I am honoured to have read it. I can hear the bells ringing....now I must read more of your poetry. (Report) Reply

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