Ralph Hodgson (9 September 1871 – 3 November 1962)
Order of the Rising Sun (Japanese 旭日章),was an English poet, very popular in his lifetime on the strength of a small number of anthology pieces, such as The Bull. He was one of the more 'pastoral' of the Georgian poets. In 1954, he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
He seems to have covered his tracks in relation to much of his life; he was averse to publicity. This has led to claims that he was reticent. Far from that being the case, his friend Walter De La Mare found him an almost exhausting talker; but he made a point of personal privacy. He kept up a copious correspondence with other poets and literary figures, including those he met in his time... more »
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- A Song of Honour
- A Song
- A Wood Song
- Ghoul Care
- Reason has Moons
- Stupidity Street
- The Beggar
- The Bells of Heaven
- The Birdcatcher
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''Picture that orchard sprite,Ralph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Eve (l. 25-28). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace ...
Eve, with her body white,
Supple and smooth to her
Slim finger tips,''
''"Eva!" Each syllableRalph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Eve (l. 17-20). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace ...
Light as a flower fell;
"Eva!" he whispered the
''And in the shops nothingRalph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. Stupidity Street (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed...
For people to eat;
Nothing for sale in
''For tamed and shabby tigersRalph Hodgson (c. 1871-1962), British poet. The Bells of Heaven (l. 7-10). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
And dancing dogs and bears,
And wretched, blind pit ponies
And little hunted hares.''
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