Charles Causley

(1917-2003 / Launceston)

Charles Causley Poems

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  • Sally (11/19/2018 1:05:00 PM)

    I LOVE THIS MAN! ! ! HES AN AMAZING POET! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • Raghurama Raju Raghurama Raju (3/2/2017 11:29:00 AM)

    It is quite disappointing to know that there are no poems of that great poet on poem hunter.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/5/2015 1:59:00 PM)

    Charles Stanley Causley (24 August 1917 – 4 November 2003) was a Cornish poet, schoolmaster and writer. His work is noted for its simplicity and directness and for its associations with folklore, especially when linked to his native Cornwall.
    Causley was born at Launceston in Cornwall and was educated there and in Peterborough. His father died in 1924 from long-standing injuries from the First World War. Causley had to leave school at 15 to earn money, working as an office boy during his early years. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, as a coder, an experience he later wrote about in a book of short stories, Hands to Dance and Skylark.
    His first collection of poems, Farewell, Aggie Weston [1] (1951) contained his Song of the Dying Gunner A.A.1:

    Farewell, Aggie Weston, the Barracks, at Guz,
    Hang my tiddley suit on the door
    I'm sewn up neat in a canvas sheet
    And I shan't be home no more.

    Survivor's Leave followed in 1953, and from then until his death Causley published frequently. He worked as a teacher at a school in Launceston, leaving the town seldom and reluctantly, though he twice spent time in Perth as a visiting Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and worked at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada, and especially after his retirement which taken early in 1976 [2] was much in demand at poetry readings in the United Kingdom. He made many broadcasts.

    An intensely private person, he was nevertheless approachable. He was a friend of such writers as Siegfried Sassoon, A. L. Rowse, Jack Clemo and Ted Hughes (his closest friend) . His poems for children were popular, and he used to say that he could have lived comfortably on the fees paid for the reproduction of Timothy Winters:

    Timothy Winters comes to school
    With eyes as wide as a football-pool,
    Ears like bombs and teeth like splinters:
    A blitz of a boy is Timothy Winters.
    - first verse

    So come one angel, come on ten:
    Timothy Winters says Amen
    Amen amen amen amen.
    Timothy Winters, Lord. Amen.
    - last verse

    (from Wikipedia)

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/5/2015 1:55:00 PM)

    no poems by C.Causley because of a copyright issue..?

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  • * Sunprincess * (5/31/2014 10:19:00 AM)

    ..............a wonderful poet.....loved his poem eden rock...would be nice if there was poems of his listed here....kind of surprising to see no poems on his page...

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  • John Lloyd (2/26/2014 1:37:00 AM)

    Yes FH I would also like Poemhunter to include Charles Causley's poems. Timothy Winters never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

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Best Poem of Charles Causley

King's College Chapel

When to the music of Byrd or Tallis,
The ruffed boys singing in the blackened stalls,
The candles lighting the small bones on their faces,
The Tudors stiff in marble on the walls.

There comes to evensong Elizabeth or Henry,
Rich with brocade, pearl, golden lilies, at the alter,
The scarlet lions leaping on their bosoms,
Pale royal hands fingering the crackling Psalter,

Henry is thinking of his lute and of backgammon,
Elizabeth follows the waving song, the mystery.
Proud in her red wig and green jewelled favours;
They sit in their white lawn sleeves, as ...

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