James Stephens Poems
- In The Poppy Field Mad Patsy said, he said to me, That every...
- Check The night was creeping on the ground; She crept and ...
- Hate My enemy came nigh, And I Stared fiercely in his ...
- The Snare I hear a sudden cry of pain! There is a rabbit in ...
- The Ancient Elf I am the maker, The builder, the ...
- I Heard A Bird At Dawn I heard a bird at dawn Singing ...
- The Lonely God So Eden was deserted, and at eve Into the ...
James Stephens was an Irish novelist and poet.
James Stephens produced many retellings of Irish myths and fairy tales. His retellings are marked by a rare combination of humor and lyricism (Deirdre, and Irish Fairy Tales are often especially praise). He also wrote several original novels (Crock of Gold, Etched in Moonlight, Demi-Gods) based loosely on Irish fairy tales. "Crock of Gold," in particular, achieved enduring popularity and was reprinted frequently throughout the author's lifetime.
Stephens began his career as a poet with the tutelage of "Æ" (George William Russell). His first book of poems, "Insurrections," was published during ... more »
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In The Poppy Field
Mad Patsy said, he said to me,
That every morning he could see
An angel walking on the sky;
Across the sunny skies of morn
He threw great handfuls far and nigh
Of poppy seed among the corn;
And then, he said, the angels run
To see the poppies in the sun.
A poppy is a devil weed,
I said to him - he disagreed;
He said the devil had no hand
In spreading flowers tall and fair
Through corn and rye and meadow land,
by garth and barrow everywhere:
The devil has not any flower,
But only money in his power.
And then he stretched out in the ...