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Poem of the week: A Grey Day by William Vaughn Moody

Some surprisingly buoyant and cheering verses from a neglected American writer

A Grey Day

Grey drizzling mists the moorlands drape,
Rain whitens the dead sea,
From headland dim to sullen cape
Grey sails creep wearily.
I know not how that merchantman
Has found the heart; but ’t is her plan
Seaward her endless course to shape.

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Poem of the week: Sleeping Out by Jane Routh

A snowy night camped out under the stars provides the stage for a close encounter with a mysterious ...

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Poem of the week: Brumby's Run by Banjo Paterson

The bush poet’s stirring tribute to Australia’s semi-feral horses is tinged with regretBrumby’s R...

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Poem of the week: The Owl by Edward Thomas

The melancholy cry sounds an uneasy reminder of all those excluded from material comfortThe OwlDownh...

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Poem of the week: from Astrophil and Stella by Philip Sidney

Experimenting with the possibilities of the sonnet form, this playful work deploys the rules of gram...

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Poem of the week: Old Flat, Abandoned by Rory Waterman

A return visit to a former home shows that the life once lived there is definitively lostOld Flat, A...

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Poem of the week: Under the Light, yet under by Emily Dickinson

Like so many of her great poems, this almost-riddle combines a childlike simplicity with great compl...

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