This book also includes an entire section of villanelles. If a good villanelle is like a musical canon—becoming deeper and richer as it echoes in the mind—a bad one is like a Journey song heard at the supermarket, clanging on the brainpan for eternity. Thus the idea of twenty-six in a row gave me the vapors. However, Bennett tackles that issue head-on with several villanelles that parse the claustrophobic difficulty of the form.
The form is part of what I want to say. It makes a case for that right off the bat.
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It states itself, and then shows me the way. Why rage against the dying of the light? This is a large book both in scope and length pages , and it will take you many places—some unspeakably sad, some hilarious, all thoughtful and all most certainly worth the price of the ticket. I just pray there are no decapitated ducks.
Poems and verses for funerals
Marilyn L. Step on a Crack. Kelsay Books, More elegies, more elegies! And more caveats from your reviewer. But there is much in it that will make you spew your coffee or, my recommendation, something stronger as you laugh out loud.
Taylor appears to have reached the stage—as a poet, anyway—of not giving a damn about what one ought to do, and the result is gorgeous. From poem to poem and within poems, both form and content surprise. The first delight of this book is that Taylor is all over the place with regard to form. There is free verse and blank verse, Sapphics and sonnets. There is even a heartbreaking prose poem.
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Generally, I think of Taylor as a meter maven, so the freedom she grants herself is intriguing. The first part of the book focuses on childhood both lived and observed. Perhaps, Taylor speculates,. But while these poems offer great latitude for growth to the nascent and naive, adults who should know better come in for a thrashing.
Without giving away the gasp-inducing ending, I offer the penultimate stanza as a taste. I have become the wicked old witch. I am the bat out of Hell. I am Goneril, or better still, Hecate. And with my wild torch, I will light her way at last. This is a much shorter book than the others reviewed here, so there is less room for gradation, but Taylor sticks with her theme and mood even as she moves from heavy to light. The big names of Light Verse over a hundred and fifty years or so give, not merely the sense of a consistent genre, but of a surviving though nearly vanished world.
Hence the nostalgia Praed and Lear and Chesterton can arouse for the memory of an earlier England, pre-Modernistic, unAmericanised, authentically there. Possibly all entertainment literature acquires this frightful dreariness if preserved long after the need it served has died; perhaps nothing will seem more doleful fifty years from now than the succulent fiction that perfectly fills a Saturday evening.
For Geoffrey Grigson is of course the best anthologist in the country. The more recent anthologies, the Oxford Satirical Verse and the Faber Poems and Places , suffer a little, perhaps, from justifiable fatigue. It probably says something about the success of Unrespectable Verse that, where Ewart sticks as he was possibly asked to do to the Oxfordish trudge through chronological sequence, and thereby makes a reader expect of him a historical insight he may or may not have, Grigson — who probably does have this historical sense of literature — creates his own grouping throughout, moving from Stevie Smith to Baudelaire to Cavafy to Cummings to Archipoeta to Langland to Auden to Larkin to Rochester, and never puts a foot wrong: because the anthologist has that rare thing, an absolute sense of what a good poem is, wherever it occurs.
The result is not only a collection of beautiful poems but a book full of quite lastingly disturbing life. Log In Register for Online Access.
All is well. I hope you can forgive me for being Such a stiff and unwelcoming host. Just talk amongst yourself my friends, And share a toast or two. For I am sure you will remember well How I loved to drink with you. Don't worry about mourning me, I was never easy to offend. Feel free to share a story at my expense And we'll have a good laugh at the end. I took His hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, To love, to work or play.
If parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow. Lift up your hearts and share with me, God wants me now, He set me free. Shannon Lee Moseley Short funeral poems If you feel anxious about reading a long poem or want to keep the service as short as possible, you may wish to choose a short funeral poem which is still a touching tribute to your loved one and the life they have left behind.
The love that's deep within me, Shall reach you from the stars, You'll feel it from the heavens, And it will heal the scars. I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky. I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast. My cheek like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed. Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die. I have so many things to see and do, You mustn't tie yourself to me with too many tears, But be thankful we had so many good years. I gave you my love, and you can only guess How much you've given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love that you have shown, But now it is time I travelled on alone. So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It is only for a while that we must part, So treasure the memories within your heart. I won't be far away for life goes on. And if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I will be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear, All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and a 'Welcome Home'. Anon One At Rest Think of me as one at rest, for me you should not weep I have no pain no troubled thoughts for I am just asleep The living thinking me that was, is now forever still And life goes on without me now, as time forever will.
If your heart is heavy now because I've gone away Dwell not long upon it friend For none of us can stay Those of you who liked me, I sincerely thank you all And those of you who loved me, I thank you most of all. And in my fleeting lifespan, as time went rushing by I found some time to hesitate, to laugh, to love, to cry Matters it now if time began If time will ever cease? I was here, I used it all, and now I am at peace.
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Anon Funeral Blues Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let airplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message "He is Dead", Put Crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday-rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk , my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood, For nothing now can ever come to any good W. Previous article Funeral hymns. Next article How to write a eulogy.
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