This group is for Classical English Poetry only, meaning poetry written before 1919. Share your favourite lines or poems with us. Discuss the poets and their poetry.
I was brought to do this after searching in vain for any such group on Facebook. My aim is to stimulate interest and appreciation of the glorious poets of English literature such as Shakespeare, Shelley, Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Tennyson etc.
Unfortunately, support for forums has dwindled noticeably over the last 10 years, in favour of sites like Facebook. I suppose one has to go with the flow. Meanwhile, this is also a place where you are encouraged to post your favourite verse. Here's my offering for today:
To Helen (Edgar Allan Poe, 1845 version)
Helen, thy beauty is to me Like those Nicean barks of yore That gently, o'er a perfumed sea, The weary, way-worn wanderer bore To his own native shore. On desperate seas long wont to roam, Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face, Thy Naiad airs have brought me home To the glory that was Greece, And the grandeur that was Rome. Lo, in yon brilliant window-niche How statue-like I see thee stand, The agate lamp within thy hand, Ah! Psyche, from the regions which Are Holy Land!