Alfred Edgar Coppard: The two Nude Virgins

Today I present a mysterious poem from Hips & haws. The poet does not dare to go into the moonlight, fearing some unspecified “infinite thing” that could “enwrap” him. The title mentions two virgins, but the text tells only about one, Diana, the virgin goddess of of the hunt, the moon, and nature in Roman mythology. There seem to be hidden things or people, Diana “cannot hear them though she stands whitely among them,” and “she has no fear.” CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

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Alfred Edgar Coppard: The Bride

Howard Coster – Alfred Edgar Coppard (1931) – NPG Ax136118

I present today my second selection from Coppard’s 1922 collection of verses, Hips & haws. A beautiful love poem, full of mystery and secret sensuality, where amorous passion hides behind music, honey and the beauty of nature … indeed, the bride is mute and invisible. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

A poem by a reader

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – La pêche aux grenouilles (1882) – from Art Renewal Center

I have devoted four posts to poems written by readers, that is, people who liked my posts, commented on them, or subscribed to Agapeta. Today I will present only one such poem. The author is one of my earliest readers, and the poem appeared four years ago, so indeed I could have mentioned it much earlier, but better late than never. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Fleur de lune

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La nuit bleue se lève,
C’est l’heure des rêves.
Mon cœur à l’écoute
Se sent pris de doutes
Sur le sens de l’amour.
Le monde semble sourd
Quand ma douleur je crie.
Mon ami, je vous prie,
Soyez ma réponse !
Car je vous l’annonce,
Je suis votre question,
Brûlante de passion,
Toujours je me pose.
Éclairez ma cause
Avant qu’en temps certain
Ne tombe le matin.
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Je vous dirai tout,
Douce et tendre enfant,
Car je suis à vous
Éternellement.
Le songe est si doux
Quand vos yeux brillants
S’accrochent à mon cou
Si passionément.

CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

John Clare: Asylum Poems

William Hilton - John Clare (1820) - National Portrait Gallery NPG 1469

William Hilton – John Clare (1820) – National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 1469

John Clare (b. 13th July, 1793; d. 20th May, 1864) was an English farm labourer and poet. According to his biographer Jonathan Bate, Clare was “the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self.” CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Fleurs secrètes

Les chemins de la bien-aimée

Jules Pascin - Flora aux fleurs (1928) - provient de All Paintings

Jules Pascin – Flora aux fleurs (1928) – provient de All Paintings

Le long d’un sentier qui ondule comme une caresse, je découvre les fleurs les plus belles, celles que je n’avais jamais pu approcher. Doucement, tendrement, je m’approche et je m’incline pour respirer leur parfum puis déposer un baiser sur leurs frêles corolles.
Sous les fleurs se cache la poésie qui n’ose dire son nom, celle des sentiments suprêmement niés.
CONTINUE READING…

Fabian Strachan Woodley: After Plotinus

Augustus Edwin Mulready - The Flower Girl (1872)

Augustus Edwin Mulready – The Flower Girl (1872)

Fabian Strachan Woodley (b. 19 July 1888, d. 8 August 1957) was a British poet who published only one book of verses, A Crown of Friendship (1921). He was a late representative of the ‘Uranian’ school of male poets who exalted the love of boys. As writes a website devoted to him, “Like the other ‘Uranian’ poets, he declared that Boyhood was the only ideal worth following.” Indeed, many of his poems deal with boys he loved. According to the above-mentioned site, Woodley said: “I was a Poet and Dreamer and Lover and Boy with them.CONTINUE READING…