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(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 / Dorchester / England)

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I Need Not Go

I need not go
Through sleet and snow
To where I know
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  • Francis Lynch (2/23/2014 10:33:00 PM)

    The passage of years is evident, and the lover will one day lie side of his sured love. She is not with his company, he has not denied himself a life without her, and he is not ashamed of this. But, the one he loved will always be waiting. He needed go, time will eventually lead him there. Such subtle praise of our living world and one's regret to leave our sensual pleasures. Hardy. Gotta love the Jude in him.

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  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (2/23/2014 7:31:00 PM)

    Loved one lost but love looms large and lives!

  • Stephen W (2/23/2014 6:16:00 PM)

    A clue! 'By cypress sough'. Cypresses are popular cemetery trees, by tradition. Almost certainly he is visiting a grave. She will not chide, but he wishes she still could.

  • Stephen W (2/23/2014 6:12:00 PM)

    I agree that this is an ironic poem. It's possible the 'lover' is either not human, as some have suggested, or dead. He might be visiting a grave.

  • Liliana ~el (2/23/2014 4:39:00 PM)

    Such certainty in the devotion and depth of love
    Assured, confident, leisurely

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (2/23/2014 1:45:00 PM)

    Not to my personal taste. I'm afraid that this is what gets rhymers a bad name. The end rhymes are forced, the scansion non existent. He has written world famous novels and produced some fine poetry. There are better examples of his work elsewhere in PH.

  • Vizard Dhawan (2/23/2014 7:03:00 AM)

    love this poem, though to my eye, the
    language drips with ironic intent. No
    long left love will simply excuse the
    litany of lies the central character
    rehearses to himself

  • Ramesh Rai (2/23/2014 4:20:00 AM)

    Loved reading the poem. Very soothing and enchanting.

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (2/23/2014 1:16:00 AM)

    Sleet and snow
    For the love we know
    Till love endures
    Even the after glow............

    I welcome all ye poets reading this to my page too.......

  • Manonton Dalan (2/23/2012 1:14:00 PM)

    could be possible he was talking about
    his poetry? he was too busy writing stories.

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