Wilfred Owen

(1893-1918 / Shropshire / England)

A New Heaven

Poem by Wilfred Owen

Seeing we never found gay fairyland
(Though still we crouched by bluebells moon by moon)
And missed the tide of Lethe; yet are soon
For that new bridge that leaves old Styx half-spanned;
Nor ever unto Mecca caravanned;
Nor bugled Asgard, skilled in magic rune;
Nor yearned for far Nirvana, the sweet swoon,
And from high Paradise are cursed and banned;

-Let's die home, ferry across the Channel! Thus
Shall we live gods there. Death shall be no sev'rance.
Weary cathedrals light new shrines for us.
To us, rough knees of boys shall ache with rev'rence.
Are not girls' breasts a clear, strong Acropole?
-There our oun mothers' tears shall heal us whole.


Comments about A New Heaven by Wilfred Owen

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/25/2019 2:13:00 PM)

    A very good poem .of the great poet Wilfred owen. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/25/2019 10:19:00 AM)

    " In magic rune" ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/25/2019 10:10:00 AM)

    A great poem from the learnt poet that felt.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (6/25/2019 3:21:00 AM)

    Mothers tears await the bold it is so sad they will never grow old.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/25/2019 12:41:00 AM)

    Shall we live gods there. Death shall be no sev'rance.
    Weary cathedrals light new shrines for us.
    To us, rough knees of boys shall ache with rev'rence

    superb write
    great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/16/2019 12:17:00 AM)

    A amazing poem by Wilfred. A talented poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Antonio (7/17/2018 5:19:00 AM)

    this poem is very bad(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (1/26/2017 6:33:00 AM)

    ...for that new bridge... Well expressed piece of poetry. Sylva- Onyema Uba.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/9/2014 4:33:00 AM)

    I take the opportunity to read once more the poem and likes to understand it and great poet's words a wonderful creation.(Report)Reply

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  • Dawn FuzanDawn Fuzan (4/27/2014 3:38:00 PM)

    I like this one, its Good(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/12/2014 9:56:00 AM)

    A good poem worth for reading and enjoying and understanding the innermost thoughts of the poet about the life and the inevitable death in such a situation.(Report)Reply

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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar NairKrishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/22/2013 11:05:00 AM)

    War cuts like a dispassionate knife
    Art and poetry in its ruthless path
    And yet the best of poem was so writ
    In trenches of strife with grieving hearts(Report)Reply

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  • Owen Burnham (6/19/2004 8:09:00 PM)

    Profound and haunting. This is the sadness that war engenders in the human heart.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003