Saturday, May 21, 2011

Verse of the Day - Dame Edith Sitwell

Edith Sitwell's verse is described as "startling and hypnotic" in a new article in the Gazette of Montreal. Yet a poet who was such a powerful part of the literary scene in the early 20th Century has been forgotten of late.

All that may be about to change with a new biography about Dame Edith Sitwell, the Gazette reports.

Bells of Gray Crystal by Dame Edith Sitwell

Bells of gray crystal

Break on each bough--
The swans' breath will mist all
The cold airs now.
Like tall pagodas
Two people go,
Trail their long codas
Of talk through the snow.
Lonely are these
And lonely and I ....
The clouds, gray Chinese geese
Sleek through the sky.

1 comment:

  1. The swans' breath will mist all--I like that particular detail because I don't think I've ever thought about a swan's breath before.