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B. 1819 D. 1861
'There is no God,' the wicked saith, 'and truly it's a blessing, for what he might have done with us it's better only guessing.? - Arthur Hugh Clough 'There Is No God'
B. 1562 D. 1586
My prime of youth is but a frost of cares. - Chidiock Tichborne 'Tichborne's Elegy'
B. 1572 D. 1637
Drink to me only with thine eyes, and I will pledge with mine. - Ben Jonson 'Song To Celia'
B. 1592 D. 1669
Sleep on my love in thy cold bed, never to be disquieted. - Henry King 'An exequy to his matchless never to be forgotten friend'
I believe that in all diverse forms of artistic expression across all countries, there are some sensitivities in common. Esther Phillips
B. 1822 D. 1888
I might have known, / What far too soon, alas! I learn'd / The heart can bind itself alone, / And faith may oft be unreturn'd.' Matthew Arnold, 'Isolation: To Marguerite'
B. 1612 D. 1672
All things within this fading world hath end. ('Before the Birth of One of Her Children')
B. 1621 D. 1678
Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, lady, were no crime. Andrew Marvell, 'To His Coy Mistress'
Poetry is an art of considering the present. Like music, the performative aspect of poetry forces us to be alert to the possibility of the moment, to experience and capture it fully.