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Skyward by David Levy: December 2019 – When Poetry Reaches the Stars — 1 Comment

  1. My own favorite poem about the stars is Gerard Manley Hopkins’ The Starlight Night.
    One really needs to read this poem aloud to get its fullest effect.

    Look at the stars! look, look up at the skies!
    O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!
    The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there!
    Down in dim woods the diamond delves! the elves’-eyes!

    The grey lawns cold where gold, where quickgold lies!
    Wind-beat whitebeam! airy abeles set on a flare!
    Flake-doves sent floating forth at a farmyard scare!
    Ah well! it is all a purchase, all is a prize.

    Buy then! bid then! — What? — Prayer, patience, alms, vows.
    Look, look: a May-mess, like on orchard boughs!
    Look! March-bloom, like on mealed-with-yellow sallows!
    These are indeed the barn; withindoors house
    The shocks. This piece-bright paling shuts the spouse
    Christ home, Christ and his mother and all his hallows.

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