Absence Poem by Matthew Arnold

Absence

Rating: 2.7


IN THIS fair stranger’s eyes of grey
Thine eyes, my love, I see.
I shudder: for the passing day
Had borne me far from thee.

This is the curse of life: that not
A nobler calmer train
Of wiser thoughts and feelings blot
Our passions from our brain;

But each day brings its petty dust
Our soon-chok’d souls to fill,
And we forget because we must,
And not because we will.

I struggle towards the light; and ye,
Once-long’d-for storms of love!
If with the light ye cannot be,
I bear that ye remove.

I struggle towards the light; but oh,
While yet the night is chill,
Upon Time’s barren, stormy flow,
Stay with me, Marguerite, still!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ratnakar Mandlik 14 December 2016

Wise thoughts and feelings blot Our passions from our brain Great and superb inference. Thanks for sharing it here.

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Susan Williams 24 October 2015

Wow! If a person reads Matthew Arnold often enough and long enough, he gets easier to understand and appreciate!

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A very good poem of creativity in its perfection and I likes it very much.

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Tessa Estrada 21 May 2010

this is a really good poem. i can really feel the meaning and its beautiful.

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