Coventry Patmore

(23 July 1823 - 26 November 1896 / Essex, England)

Coventry Patmore Poems

1. A Dream 4/14/2010
2. A Farewell 1/3/2003
3. A London Fête 4/14/2010
4. A Retrospect 4/14/2010
5. Alexander And Lycon 4/14/2010
6. Amelia 4/14/2010
7. An Idyll 4/14/2010
8. Deliciae Sapientiae De Amore 1/3/2003
9. Departure 1/3/2003
10. Eros 4/14/2010
11. Faint Yet Pursuing 1/3/2003
12. 'If I Were Dead' 1/4/2003
13. King Cophetua The First 4/14/2010
14. L’allegro 4/14/2010
15. Love's Reality 1/3/2003
16. Ma Belle 4/14/2010
17. Magna Est Veritas 1/3/2003
18. Mignonne 4/14/2010
19. Night And Sleep 4/14/2010
20. Olympus 4/14/2010
21. Regina Cœle 4/14/2010
22. Semele 4/14/2010
23. Stars And Moon 4/14/2010
24. Tamerton Church-Tower, Or, First Love 4/14/2010
25. The After-Glow 4/14/2010
26. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto I. 4/14/2010
27. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Ii. 4/14/2010
28. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Iii. 4/14/2010
29. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Iv. 4/14/2010
30. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Ix. 4/14/2010
31. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto V. 4/14/2010
32. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Vi. 4/14/2010
33. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Vii. 4/14/2010
34. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Viii. 4/14/2010
35. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto X. 4/14/2010
36. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Xi. 4/14/2010
37. The Angel In The House. Book I. Canto Xii. 4/14/2010
38. The Angel In The House. Book I. The Prologue. 4/14/2010
39. The Angel In The House. Book Ii. Canto I. 4/14/2010
40. The Angel In The House. Book Ii. Canto Ii. 4/14/2010

Comments about Coventry Patmore

  • S R (3/14/2006 9:33:00 AM)

    The poem Toys is very symbolic in its setting. Even though the poet speaks of his little son, from a broader perspective, the poem underlies the 'comfort' man resorts to, when God admonishes him... When man is buffeted for his faults, or when he encounters certain undesirable happenings in his life, he immediately resorts to other resorts to comfort and solace him, thus moving away from his creator. But still, God, much akin to Francis Thompson's 'Hound of Heaven, ' in all His grace forgives man for his shortcomings and kisses him (blesses him with His heavenly comfort) .
    The creator’s concern for His creation and the creation’s antipathy to the love of God are manifested in this poem. The slumber of the child represents the forgetfulness and the sheer childish callousness of children towards elders (here God) .
    The lines
    “anged there with careful art,
    To comfort his sad heart”
    are of particular significance because, man in his love of the world, forgets whatever blessings he has derived from the Almighty and turns to the world in times of distress.
    The poem has a great import on the love of God and the antipathy of man.

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Best Poem of Coventry Patmore

The Toys

My little Son, who look'd from thoughtful eyes
And moved and spoke in quiet grown-up wise,
Having my law the seventh time disobey'd,
I struck him, and dismiss'd
With hard words and unkiss'd,
—His Mother, who was patient, being dead.
Then, fearing lest his grief should hinder sleep,
I visited his bed,
But found him slumbering deep,
With darken'd eyelids, and their lashes yet
From his late sobbing wet.
And I, with moan,
Kissing away his tears, left others of my own;
For, on a table drawn beside his head,
He had put, within his reach,
A ...

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A Farewell

With all my will, but much against my heart,
We two now part.
My Very Dear,
Our solace is, the sad road lies so clear.
It needs no art,
With faint, averted feet
And many a tear,
In our opposèd paths to persevere.
Go thou to East, I West.

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