Poetry for BookMatters

I adore poetry. Always have since I was very young. I have written quite a bit too.

In this post I want to add some poems I love and an extra book that I didn’t include in my previous Book Matters posts.


When you are Old

One of my favourtie poets is WB Yeats. My mum’s influence but also Vic was keen on some of his more well known poems. Such as this beauty.

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
Ironic Poem about Prostitution
I also really appreciate wit in writing. I am inclined to think that many seem to take life and themselves far to seriously now a days.
Here is a gem of a little poem from Orwell.

When I was young and had no sense
In far-off Mandalay
I lost my heart to a Burmese girl
As lovely as the day.

Her skin was gold, her hair was jet,
Her teeth were ivory;
I said, “for twenty silver pieces,
Maiden, sleep with me”.

She looked at me, so pure, so sad,
The loveliest thing alive,
And in her lisping, virgin voice,
Stood out for twenty-five.

Self Pity

I have mentioned D H Lawrence many times on my blog as I adore his books, poems too.

I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

My Mum loved Yeats but this was her favourite poem.

A strange but compelling Novel

Attachments by Judith Rossner

I meant to include this book in my fiction choices on week one but forgot and  I’m not sure how I left it out.  I’ve read it numerous times. It is weird, compelling and moving.

The story of two friends who marry con-joined twins. The tale is obsessive and erotic, drawing the reader in from the first page and absorbing them until the last.

Thank you to everyone who joined up during this month long meme Book Matters. A summary post to follow in a few weeks…



Header image of Yeats statue from Pixabay

8 thoughts on “Poetry for BookMatters”

  1. I enjoyed the Ironic Poem about Prostitution! The book you mention at the end sounds intriguing. I’m gathering too many new books I would like to try

  2. I like the second poem! It made me laugh. we should all definitely hold out for more…

  3. I would love to read Attachments. It sounds like just the right amount of weird for me 🙂
    I’m not sure how I forgot about Orwell in My post. Too many poets, not enough space to write about them all.

    1. I was going to include Poe but as you did in your post I put Orwell in here instead lol – more choice for people.
      Hopefully you can still get Attachments as I think the author also wrote a well known book

      1. It’s available as an ebook. I do read some books digitally. It’s nice to go away with a Kobo and have 50-60 books to read. Much lighter and more compact. Before I used one, I would take three or four books away with me. Heavy and bulky.

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