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Briar Wood

B. 1958

6 poems available

On the shelf, vases, goblets, urns / trailing lines of colour, cloud bowls, / sun, moon and earth for an ashram, / all shining in the incisive morning light - 'Blown Glass', Briar Wood

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Charles Wolfe

B. 1791 D. 1823

1 poem available

Slowly and sadly we laid him down, from the field of his fame fresh and gory; we carved not a line, and we raised not a stone - but left him alone with his glory. - Charles Wolfe, 'The Burial of Sir John Moore After Corunna'

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Richard Wilbur

B. 1921 D. 2017

Not a graceful mind... a mind of grace, an altogether different and higher thing - Theodore Roethke

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C. K. Williams

B. 1939 D. 2015

3 poems available

C. K. Williams is a wonderful poet, in the authentic American tradition of Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams, who tells us on every page what it means to be alive in our time. - Stanley Kunitz

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Walt Whitman

B. 1819 D. 1892

4 poems available

And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. - Walt Whitman 'Dirge For Two Veterans'

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Oscar Wilde

B. 1854 D. 1900

1 poem available

He looked upon the garish day with such a wistful eye; the man had killed the thing he loved, and so he had to die. - Oscar Wilde 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'

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Yvor Winters

B. 1900 D. 1968

5 poems available

There's no one like him for making a simple declarative sentence crackle under your eyes like a burning apple-bough. Such magnificent wrath... - Hayden Carruth on Yvor Winters

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Derek Walcott

B. 1930 D. 2017

2 poems available

“What's poetry, if it's worth its salt, / but a phrase men can pass from hand to mouth?”

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4 poems available

Keep it simple and make it visual seems to be the best idea. - Hugo Williams

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William Wordsworth

B. 1770 D. 1850

4 poems available

The eye, it cannot choose but see; / We cannot bid the ear be still; / Our bodies feel, where'er they be, / Against or with our will. Wordsworth, 'Expostulation and Reply'

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Thomas Wyatt

B. 1503 D. 1542

4 poems available

It was no dream: I lay broad waking. Thomas Wyatt 'They Flee From Me'

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John Whitworth

B. 1945 D. 2019

4 poems available

The rhymes and the rhythms are my wet paint - John Whitworth

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