Ralph Hodgson

(9 September 1871 – 3 November 1962)

Quotations

  • ''Picture that orchard sprite,
    Eve, with her body white,
    Supple and smooth to her
    Slim finger tips,''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Eve (l. 25-28). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
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  • ''"Eva!" Each syllable
    Light as a flower fell;
    "Eva!" he whispered the
    Wondering maid;''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Eve (l. 17-20). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
  • ''And in the shops nothing
    For people to eat;
    Nothing for sale in
    Stupidity Street.''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Stupidity Street (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''For tamed and shabby tigers
    And dancing dogs and bears,
    And wretched, blind pit ponies
    And little hunted hares.''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Bells of Heaven (l. 7-10). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Pity him, this dupe of dream,
    Leader of the herd again
    Only in his daft old brain,
    Once again the bull supreme
    And bull enough to bear the part
    Only in his tameless heart.''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Bull (l. 164-168). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''See an old unhappy bull,
    Sick in soul and body both,
    Slouching in the undergrowth
    Of the forest beautiful,''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Bull (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Turns to meet the loathly birds
    Flocking round him from the skies,
    Waiting for the flesh that dies.''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Bull (l. 178-180). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''With his mother gaunt and lean
    In the valley warm and green,
    Full of baby wonderment,
    Blinking out of silly eyes
    At a hundred mysteries;''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Bull (l. 68-72). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Other hammers, muffled hammers,
    Silent hammers of decay.''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Hammers (l. 11-12). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''I did not pray Him to lay bare
    The mystery to me,
    Enough the rose was Heaven to smell,
    And His own face to see.''
    Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Mystery (l. 5-8). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.

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A Song

With Love among the haycocks
We played at hide and seek;
He shut his eyes and counted -
We hid among the hay -
Then he a haycock mounted,
And spied us where we lay;
And O! the merry laughter
Across the hayfield after!

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