Monday, 28 October 2013

William Harmon – The Classic Hundred Poems

Well, the title says it all:

 “In folly ripe, in reason rotten.” (Sir Walter Ralegh quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.13).

“Let us possess one world, each hath one, and is one.” (John Donne quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.35).

“A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness.
A careless shoestring, in whose tie
I see a wild civility;
Do more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.” (Robert Herrick quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.50).

“And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?” (William Blake quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.100).

“We are led to Believe a Lie
When we see not Thro’ the Eye
Which was Born in a Night to perish in a Night
When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light..
God Appears and God is Light
To those poor Souls who dwell in Night,
But does a Human Form Display
To those who Dwell in Realms of day” (William Blake quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.106).

“I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow.” (Yeats quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.209).

“Streets that follow like a tedious argument
of insidious intent.” (TS Eliot quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.233).

“Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” (TS Eliot quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.233).

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right
Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.” (Dylan Thomas quoted in Harmon, 1998, p.251).

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