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Stop all the clocks, Cut off the phones

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

By Auden

Submitted: Monday, January 08, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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  • Barry Bloomberg (2/14/2012 4:19:00 PM)

    By W.H. Auden, to be exact.

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  • Orit Zehavi (1/21/2012 1:49:00 AM)


  • Natalie Coates (11/2/2008 9:35:00 PM)

    When i first heard this at school, i fell in love, i have never forgot how it made me feel and never will - i love it, i you have ever lost anyone this is how you feel! !

  • Richard Sockett (7/16/2008 7:16:00 PM)

    I remember that poem on Four Weddings and a Funeral, it was read by John Hannah, very moving performance

  • Vincent James Turner (1/8/2007 2:07:00 PM)

    This is a great poem full of great rhyme and substance, However it is not written by you, it is by Auden, and you should not claim it as your own. tut, tut tut.
    i am dissapoited... you should put his name under it.


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