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The Collected Poems

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1956

Conversation Among the Ruins

Through portico of my elegant house you stalk
With your wild furies, disturbing garlands of fruit
And the fabulous lutes and peacocks, rending the net
Of all decorum which holds the whirlwind back.
Now, rich order of walls is fallen; rooks croak
Above the appalling ruin; in bleak light
Of your stormy eye, magic takes flight
Like a daunted witch, quitting castle when real days break

Fractured pillars frame prospects of rock;
While you stand heroic in coat and tie, I sit
Composed in Grecian tunic and psyche-knot,
Rooted to your black look, the play turned tragic:
With such blight wrought on our bankrupt estate,
What ceremony of words can patch the havoc?


Winter Landscape, with Rooks

Water in the millrace, through a sluice of stone,
plunges headlong into that black pond
where, absurd and out-of-season, a single swan
floats chaste as snow, taunting the clouded mind
which hungers to haul the white reflection down.

The austere sun descends above the fen,
an orange cyclops-eye, scorning to look
longer on this landscape of chagrin;
feathered dark in thought, I stalk like a rook,
brooding as the winter night comes on.

Last summer's reeds are all engraved in ice
as is your image in my eye; dry frost
glazes the window of my hurt; what solace
can be struck from rock to make heart's waste
grow green again? Who'd walk in this bleak place?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060909000
Subtitle:
Editor:
Hughes, Ted
Editor:
HUGHES, TED
Author:
PLATH, SYLVIA
Author:
by Sylvia Plath
Introduction:
Hughes, Ted
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
General Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Us
Series:
Harper Colophon Books
Series Volume:
0900
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.22x6.12x.92 in. 1.09 lbs.

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