William Allingham

(19 March 1824 – 18 November 1889 / Donegal / Ireland)

Places And Men - Poem by William Allingham

In Sussex here, by shingle and by sand,
Flat fields and farmsteads in their wind-blown trees,
The shallow tide-wave courses to the land,
And all along the down a fringe one sees
Of ducal woods. That 'dim discovered spire'
Is Chichester, where Collins felt a fire
Touch his sad lips; thatched Felpham roofs are these,
Where happy Blake found heaven more close at hand.

Goodwood and Arundel possess their lords,
Successive in the towers and groves, which stay;
These two poor men, by some right of their own,
Possessed the earth and sea, the sun and moon,
The inner sweet of life; and put in words
A personal force that doth not pass away.


Comments about Places And Men by William Allingham

  • Mariyam Reyshma Mariyam Reyshma (12/11/2015 3:08:00 PM)

    The inner sweet of life;
    and put in word
    A personal force that doth not pass away. I love these lines. Its a wonderful poem (Report) Reply

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  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/11/2015 2:53:00 PM)

    'In Sussex here, by shingle and by sand,
    Flat fields and farmsteads in their wind-blown trees,
    The shallow tide-wave courses to the land, '

    loved these lines, would have liked if the poem had continued with nature, without the lords but the deeper meaning was embedded with sentiment and dominant thoughts of the time :) (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (12/11/2015 1:58:00 PM)

    Do men shape their land or does the land shape the men?
    Goodwood and Arundel possess their lords,
    Successive in the towers and groves, which stay;
    These two poor men, by some right of their own,
    Possessed the earth and sea, the sun and moon,
    The inner sweet of life; and put in words
    A personal force that doth not pass away. (Report) Reply

  • Chetan Pandey Chetan Pandey (12/11/2015 7:46:00 AM)

    liked it... Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/11/2015 7:15:00 AM)

    Nicely written.The inner sweet of life; and put in words
    A personal force that doth not pass away. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/11/2015 6:10:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing. Nice work with the muse of nature. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (12/11/2015 2:09:00 AM)

    Excellent poem with beautiful diction. Enjoyed the poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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